Two decades ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the landmark civil rights legislation called the Americans with Disabilities Act, intended to eliminate barriers for people with disabilities.
Two decades later, daily life has become much more accessible and fairer in many ways, not only for people with disabilities but for everybody. And yet — in physical accessibility, in employment discrimination, in general public understanding — there still is a ways to go.
MDA's neuromuscular community celebrates this landmark event – recognizing both the successes and the challenges still to be faced. Christopher Rosa, Ph.D., a member of the MDA National Task Force on Public Awareness and the MDA Board of Directors, is representing MDA at the National Council on Disability Summit being held in Washington, D.C. The multi-day Summit, which gathers a diverse group of more than 500 people from 48 states, is intended to “invigorate a national dialogue on disability policies and programs in the 21st century.”
How has the ADA affected your daily life? Have you experienced discrimination in employment, in access or in attitude? What are some of the best changes that have occurred thanks to the ADA — and where do we still need to improve?
Read responses to these questions from MDA Task Force members and members of the MDA community, and add your own thoughts to the conversation.
In addition, check out these articles about the ADA from MDA's Quest magazine: