Many say it was the first time they felt like they actually had rights.
Maysoon Zayid, a comedian, writer, and disability advocate from New Jersey was in high school when the ADA became law.
I am not a wheelchair user, so this has been less of a boundary for me than others, but still a huge obstacle.” “The ADA has not helped me at all in my career.
Sometimes I feel like the ADA is specifically designed to do the absolute minimum to accommodate disabled people,” Zayid continued.
, an organization focused on promoting self-advocacy and strengthening empowerment among people with disabilities.
She is also a social worker, disability consultant, and writer in South Carolina who focuses on the intersectional disabled experience.
In fact, while the ADA enjoyed bipartisan support, the bill moved very slowly through Congress, having been introduced in the House and Senate in 1988.
The Capitol Crawl, as it became known, attracted enormous media attention and pushed Congress to finally pass the law.The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. But 27 years after the passage of this landmark civil rights legislation, the ADA’s promise to people with disabilities has not yet been fully achieved—and, in fact, it is in peril. Its goals are laudable: to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency” for people with disabilities.“I remember every second of the signing of the ADA into law.I remember thinking it would change everything,” Zayid told Rewire. Rather, it was the result of tenacious advocacy by people with disabilities and allies.
If a person with a disability encounters discrimination, they may file a lawsuit.