Thursday, July 23, 2009
19th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
With the 19th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coming up on Sunday, July 26th, I would like to reflect upon the importance of advocacy that was involved in getting this legislation passed. The ADA did not just happen, people with and without disabilities had to advocate a long time before this legislation was brought up then passed. Justin Dart was the lead advocate and is now considered the "Father of the ADA". After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Mr. Dart, along with with many others, saw the need for a Civil Rights Act for people with disabilities. Many people advocated for the ADA and it was passed. Advocacy is still important today, especially with the Community Choice Act and the CLASS Act being debated in Congress. Help continue working for rights of people with disabilities. BE AN ADVOCATE!