25 Ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has Changed Lives
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 assist their community of veterans with disabilities. Yet, they weren’t required as an accessible accommodation in this country until the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990? Megan and Monkey need curb cuts to more easily navigate their environment, but that doesn’t mean they don’t help others. Strollers and rollerbladers use them too, along with almost anyone who has ever walked on a sidewalk. Curb cuts allow Megan independence to move through her day at school, work and everywhere she wants to go. They also allow her to be a part of the community. With Monkey, curb cuts, and other provisions of the ADA Megan can go anywhere she wants!
“The ADA law has helped me and my service dog Monkey go to places on my own that I would not have been able to go without it”.
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