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 »

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 »

I live with less fear.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 8.  I live with less fear. This is Sophie and her service dog Tinkerbell. With Tink, Sophie is able to enjoy the world around her and Tink provides a lifeline against life threatening seizures.  Her alerts provide Sophie and her mom with a small sense… Read more »

The ADA protects my privacy.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 7.  The ADA protects my privacy. People who need the Americans with Disabilities Act to have fair and equal access to public accommodations could face a variety of medical conditions and diagnoses. The ADA protects them from having to share that information with anyone but… Read more »

Reasonable accommodations bring me to the playing field, even when the game is still hard.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 5.  Reasonable accommodations bring me to the playing field, even when the game is still hard. This is Hannah and her service dog, Tandy.  Like many of our clients, Hannah has an invisible disability.  An invisible or hidden disability is one that isn’t necessarily obvious… Read more »

The ADA is freedom for me.

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25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives 4.  The ADA is freedom for me. Veterans have long fought for our freedom.  They have risked their lives, and far too many have given it, for the freedom of this country.  Leading up to and following the signing of the Declaration of Independence on… Read more »