Every July 26, the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is a day full of mixed emotions for me. I am grateful for my brothers and sisters who would come before me. Their activism work has allowed me to go to attend public school. It's more than that I've learned from my disabled elders that we have a history all our own.
With my conflicted feelings of the day, I wish to post two articles that sum up my feelings pretty well. The first blog post is from Imani Barbarin, of crutchesandspice.com. How To Properly Celebrate A Civil Rights Law During a Pandemic In Which Its Subjects Were Left to Die: The Americans with Disabilities Act.
The second article I wish to share is The Next ADA: The Rights Americans with Disabilities Still Need to Thrive written by Karin Willison who is a contributor for The Mighty a digital community created to bring people with heath challenges together.
I agree with Karin. There are lots of ways the ADA can be expanded. This is what gets me excited in regards to the next 30 years is to see how our community will grow and how we can work together to bring about civic change. In my next blog post, I will discuss four other ways the ADA can be expanded upon to enrich the lives of people with disabilities.