Today, July 26, I celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). I only wish it fully lived up to its promise.
Twenty years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law and changed millions of lives for the better — including mine.
The proposal contains important elements that could improve the lives of many disabled Americans. But the thrust of the overall proposal seems so wrongheaded that passing it as is may do more harm than good in the long run.
President Obama’s decision to create a commission on how to cut so-called entitlement programs is ominous news for millions of people with disabilities.
Congressional leaders should not be looking to finance health care reform on the backs of people with disabilities.
Hard economic times are even harder when you have a disability. But poverty and disability don’t have to be synonymous — if we design our policies well.
Though Keller worked for 44 years with the American Foundation for the Blind, her social concern was far from limited to people with disabilities. “My work for the blind … has never occupied a center in my personality,” she wrote. “My sympathies are with all who struggle for justice.”
Many Americans who require the daily assistance of others to live in our homes and communities must turn to Medicaid for help covering the cost of that care. But first we usually have to impoverish ourselves just to become eligible.
This June 22, many people with disabilities should be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our independence day.
We cannot allow ourselves to become a force for oppression of one group in the name of liberating another.
For the first time in many years, the White House is taking the side of people with disabilities. In his economic stimulus package that became law, President Obama included several provisions that will have a positive effect for this community.
By giving Lewis this honor, the board of governors of the Academy shows that its view of people with disabilities and our potential has not evolved in 50 years.
Though I’m legally blind, I love watching “Saturday Night Live,” the show that so deftly satirizes politics and culture. But I was appalled when SNL veered from satire into cruelty in a skit ridiculing New York Gov. David Paterson’s blindness.
As a candidate, he put forth a detailed agenda on this issue, recognizing the unmet needs of millions of Americans. Now the work begins.
There are 51 million Americans with disabilities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In this presidential campaign, the candidates have an opportunity to pay more than lip service to our issues. I hope they will seize it.