Twenty-five years ago this week The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This was landmark legislation not just for the people that KenCrest serves, but for anyone in America who experiences a disability and experiencing difficulty in living an “Everyday Life.”
For the people we serve, though, it allowed us to keep our promise of “Bringing Ability to Life” in a more real and fulfilling way. Now, communication, transportation and accommodations of all kinds have created the opportunity to experience and participate in the community in the same way that people who don’t have disabilities do.
In fact, since we all experience some level of disability in our ability to negotiate our lives, the ADA allows us to create a world that makes accessibility and participation just a little bit easier for everyone to lead a self-determined life.
So, as you go through your life this week, give some notice to the curb cuts, ramps, buses that kneel, handicapped entrances, motorized carts in supermarkets, wheelchair basketball tournaments, 3-D printable prostheses and the thousands of other technological advances and accommodations that allow people with virtually any disability to live a normalized life.