ADA DAY, YAY! Today is the 32nd anniversary. Did you know that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush?
Did you know that not all disabilities are visible? Sure, seeing a cane or wheelchair or other assistive device makes awareness easier, but for some people, their disability is invisible. For instance, it might be harder to “see” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and so many others.
Whether visible or invisible, those with disabilities carry enough (worry, isolation, loss, unfair treatment, judgment, pain, fatigue…) on a daily basis. Many carry on through, well enough from the outside, but please don’t think the load isn’t heavy some days.
Today, thanks to the ADA, many with disabilities have been able to get out more, find better or more accommodating careers, and are breaking down the barriers that once held them down.
ADAAnniversary.org has several ways to celebrate the day.
Here are a few to get you started: Hold Disability Awareness Events
- Host a wheelchair game or races.
- Exhibit works by artists with disabilities.
- Sponsor a disability awareness poster contest.
- Demonstrate the use of assistive devices at a community event.
- Host an online or in-person discussion. Ask questions such as: What impact has the ADA had on your life? What would be different about your life if we did not have the ADA?
Throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary (July 26), the ADA National Network recognizes this landmark event and the important work to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.