DD Awareness Month
President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. The ADA protects people with disabilities from discrimination in all aspects of employment, in access to public services such as transportation and state and local government programs and services, and access the goods and services provided by businesses such as restaurants, stores, hotels and other types of businesses such as law offices and medical facilities.
Below are four local stories that illustrate these areas of the ADA.
Drew Jones said having a job at Hyde Park Lumber makes him feel more independent. At first he spent time learning how to do his work as the various machines moved around the warehouse. He was also shy, but now spending time with his co-workers is his favorite part of the job. "Drew is awesome and respectful. He knows what to do and does it," said Pat Mullee, who runs the warehouse.
Tasha Faruqui wanted her daughter to experience summer camp but she kept running into roadblocks. Her continued advocacy, along with the willingness of Gorman Heritage Farm, created an inclusive opportunity for her daughter Soraya to experience camp with her peers. "It's worth it to advocate and put yourself out there," Tasha said. "Your story matters, and you might find courage in places you wouldn't expect."
Marcel Mullins turned 18 last year and voted for the first time in November. Marcel, who is non-verbal, practiced voting by printing out sample ballots. "As I became an adult with a special needs child, I realized that our voice through voting is a powerful thing," Marcy said. "I want to pass that along to Marcel so he knows that even though he is non-verbal, he still has a voice and deserves to be heard."
Beth & Susie
Beth and Susie use remote support to live independently while also having the support they need. The technology allows the roommates to video chat with a staff person when they have concerns or need something. "It took me time to get used to it, but I like it," said Susie."
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