Sunday, July 25, 2010
fall of the wall of exclusion
“Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down...” President George H. W. Bush
Monday, July 26th will mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Pictured surrounding President Bush are the mother of a disabled child, a man who lived professional discrimination, an activist heir, and a religious leader who would accept the pen from President Bush with his foot because he was born with no arms.
Seated (l-r) Evan Kemp (1937-1997) Justin Dart, Jr (1930-2002). Standing (l-r) Rev. Harold Wilke (1914-2003) Sandra Swift Parrino (1934-).
Their lives of passion and commitment for the rights of others brought us all to the beginning.
No, that 1990 legislation was not perfect. Nor, today, is society barrier free, but it is unquestionably better.
Barriers can be problematic to recognize unless you are affected by them. Just because you do not see them does not mean they are not there. It really is a simple truth.
While this personal anecdote below is only social it does capture the difference in 20 years of
as told as a tale of two restaurants … ADA
In our earliest years of living with Multiple Sclerosis as a family, a restaurant owner actually told me he did not need the business of people in wheelchairs. Modifications would cost him money. Were crippled people going to pay for his costs? Come back when my wife could walk.
Last week going out for dinner for our wedding anniversary with the push of a button accessible doors swung open to welcome us. Several tables in the dinning room were designed a few inches higher so wheelchair patrons could effortlessly slide under. No fuss over accessibility just good old fashioned hospitality for ‘all’.
On the part of one family, gazing back through a photo of a moment frozen in time - thank you!
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
web site: http://caregivinglyyours.com/
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