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 »

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 »

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 »