With 25 years of changes, comes 25 more years of hope.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 25. With 25 years of changes, comes 25 more years of hope. Seventeen years ago, Karen and her then service dog Ben, put their dreams of assisting children with disabilities into action. They founded 4 Paws for Ability and began placing service dogs with kiddos…. Read more »

I have found a support system.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 24. I have found a support system. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a very large collection of laws to benefit what is often considered a single community, ‘Americans with disabilities’. Yet, this community is large and varied in their medical conditions and needs. Sometimes,… Read more »

I am accepted for who I am.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 22. I am accepted for who I am. For 25 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has served as more than just a law. The requirements set forth within led to inclusion, which is often a step closer to acceptance. Acceptance allows a person to… Read more »

My quality of life has improved.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 21. My quality of life has improved. The ADA guarantees many rights and services for people with disabilities that no law did in the past. Housing and air travel were protected under other previous laws, but the ADA was the first comprehensive law for disability… Read more »

Universal designs enhance the experience for everyone, but are necessary for my participation.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 20. Universal designs enhance the experience for everyone, but are necessary for my participation. Universal design is the idea of designing environments, such that all people have the best possible experience. This means accommodations required for people with disabilities to participate also enhance the experience… Read more »

I am my own legal advocate.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 19.  I am my own legal advocate. When Congress prepared and finalized the ADA, they had no intent to diminish or invalidate any rights granted by other federal, state, or local laws and specifically wrote this into the regulation.  This means state laws can offer… Read more »

Joshua Dawson

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Our son, Joshua, was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 years old. Joshua turns 14 in December. Joshua is a very active teenager. Over the years, Joshua has made great progress at his own pace. He has participated in Special Olympics and Challenger Little League for several years. He goes to Monkey Joes and… Read more »

I can join my friends to PLAY!

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 18.  I can join my friends to PLAY! The ADA provides individuals with disabilities access to programming and removal of physical barriers to facilities.  This means all kiddos get to participate with their peers, both in integrated and specialized activities!  Aidan and Kelcy just look… Read more »