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ADA Anniversary

By: Adam Vasallo
By: Adam Vasallo

Virginia Harris was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during her senior year of high school, her ability to walk stolen at a young age.

Harris remembers life before the ADA.

Virginia says, "It wasn't good because if there something going on, you had to think twice about, ‘well, can I get in?’”

Today Harris is the director of Bain, Inc., an organization she created to serve people with disabilities.

Christy Glover is an employee with Bain. She is hearing-impaired.

Christy says, "A lot of people just don't realize how badly a person with a disability wants to do just what a normal, able-bodied person does."

For disabled Americans, the ADA has made accommodations we now see as standard such as handrails and ramps, changing the landscape and mindset of an entire society.

Harris adds, "There are ramps, and the doctor's offices are accessible, the restaurants are accessible and the polling places are accessible. Fifteen years ago I wouldn't be able to say that."

Thanks to the ADA, after more than a decade of progress, disabled Americans like Virginia Harris look back at how far they've come and how much further they plan to go.

The Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26 in 1990.


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