Public transportation is accessible to me.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 16. Public transportation is accessible to me. The ADA requires that public transportation is accessible.  This includes wheelchair lifts on buses, elevators to subway station stops, and accessible seating within transportation sources.  Even school buses must be made accessible! This is Dani and her service… Read more »

I can thrive in athletics through adaptive sports.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 15.  I can thrive in athletics through adaptive sports. With the ADA has come a greater acceptance for persons with disabilities and inclusion of them.  Adaptive sports allow kiddos like Richard to enjoy friendly competition, sun, and fun!  Richard needs his service dog Roper by… Read more »

My family can experience things we have never experienced before.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 14.  My family can experience things we have never experienced before. This is Ben and his service dog Dubs (007). Dubs, as permitted by the ADA law, accompanies Ben everywhere, from school to hospital stays.  Dubs’ assistance allows Ben to be more independent and be… Read more »

Curb cuts, good for moms and dads with strollers, rollerbladers, and me!

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 13. Curb cuts, good for moms and dads with strollers, rollerbladers, and me! This is Megan and her mobility assistant service dog, Monkey.  Megan and Monkey navigate through the world using a wheelchair.  As early as the 1940’s Kalamazoo, Michigan was installing curb cuts to… Read more »

My disability can’t always been seen, but I still have access to help.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 12. My disability can’t always been seen, but I still have access to help. This is Jake and his service dog Gust. Jake has classic autism and is a wanderer.  Autism, along with other diagnoses like seizure disorders and diabetes, can sometimes be invisible to… Read more »

It has created a place for young people to be activists for a cause

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 11.  It has created a place for young people to be activists for a cause. As discussed already the ADA has increased awareness about disabilities, and in turn increased access to available programs.  With that comes an opportunity for people of all ages to lend… Read more »

I have fair access to employment.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 10. I have fair access to employment. The ADA was the first comprehensive law to ensure fair access to all employment and prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of a disability. Prior to the ADA many people with disabilities struggled to acquire positions, and if… Read more »

Robert Contreras

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My name is Shannon, and I am Mom to an amazing child named Robert Contreras, aka Bubby. Bubby is 3 1/2 years old. The day our adoption was final, we met with doctors and discovered Bubby had a seizure disorder. He was having 25-30 seizures a day. He was also not hitting his developmental milestones…. Read more »

Samuel Stephens

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Sam has had challenges since he first drew breath. He was born face up and was unable to cough out the amniotic fluid in his lungs. He spent the first few hours of his life, unbeknownst to the nurses, in respiratory distress. Once his respiratory issues were discovered, he was quickly transported to Neonatal Intensive… Read more »

The world is more aware and prepared.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 9.  The world is more aware and prepared. The ADA has truly facilitated national discussion on a previously quiet topic.  The accommodations and protections haven’t just increased awareness; they have helped redefine how society views disabilities.  The World Health Organization defines disability as a contextual… Read more »