We celebrated the Twentieth Anniversary of the signing of
the Americans with Disabilities Act this past July, and we have seen the
provisions of the ADA clarified and strengthened with the passage of the ADA
Amendments Act. We found an excellent
article written by Annie Zaleski for the Riverfront Times in St. Louis,
reminding us however, that challenges remain.
We invite you to check it out, for a perspective on accommodations,
thoughts on the challenges of air travel for those with disabilities, and also
for a reminder of the progress that's been made.
You think the Americans with Disabilities Act has leveled the playing field? Try walking in my shoes.
By Annie Zaleski
Thursday, December 9, 2010
This summer, the Missouri History Museum opened an exhibit called "The Americans with Disabilities Act: Twenty Years Later." When I visited in the fall, the 1,000-square-foot gallery hosting the installation was eerily quiet.
The exhibit is crammed with information — from an iron lung to a poster defining the proper terminology for discussing disabilities. Relics of a less-politically correct time — a program advertises the "First National Convention of Parents & Friends of the Retarded" — hang on the wall near badges boasting slogans including "Not Dead Yet."
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Dec 22 2010, 02:06 PM