2 disability rights activists on the facility of the ADA — and the place it falls quick

Keri Gray:

The ADA meant a lot of different things.

I think one of the first things I think about is the ADA that it did for our inclusion and awareness. So we know that one in five people in the US has a disability, but it is still not widely known that disability is not just the sum of your illnesses but a legal term that gives you access to your human rights.

So I mention this because disability is often used as a description that defines people’s relationship with their physical and mental health in often hospitals and similar things. Most people don’t feel excited or empowered to constantly assess their health.

And there are many people with disabilities who have rough stories about all of the questions people can have, how much can that person do and contribute to society?

So I think one of the first things I think about outside of the specifics of ADA is to make sure that we define disability as a legal term that gives people access to human rights.

I’m excited to see what it did and how much more we will do in the future.

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