Happy Friday!!! Have a great weekend!

Get involved, it matters!!

I saw an article in the newspaper the other day about a 16 year old and a 17 year old who are running for Kansas governor and Lieutenant governor in the 2018 primary election. What I first found interesting is that there are no real qualifications for the office of governor, but what then hit me is that two people who probably don’t have a realistic chance  of winning, one of which won’t even be able to vote for their ticket,  are running anyway.

What I then thought is, how cool would it be if people with disabilities had that same thought process to get involved even when it didn’t seem like it could realistically matter. How cool would it be, if even when it appeared that our voices aren’t being heard, we spoke out anyway? How cool would it be if we were the first to speak out instead of only getting involved after the things that we need have already been taken?

There is a bill currently in congress called the ADA Reform and Education Act which would give businesses more time to get into compliance with the law, even though at this point they have already had 27 years to do so. Congress is hearing from the business community, but they are not hearing from us. To me that doesn’t make sense. If we want the rights that previous generations have fought for, we have to continue the fight now. If we don’t, we will have only ourselves to blame when we lose all that we have gained over the years.

-Roger F.