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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans With Disability Act

A friend who is a paraplegic once told me that 'We are all temporally disabled'. Today, I am disabled as a result of chemotherapy. The chemo worked to rid my brain of a brain tumor, but left me with nerve damage in my legs and chemo induced peripheral neuroapathy in both hands and legs. I am improving through rehabilitation, but have a long way to go.

I understand firsthand what it means to be disabled and am grateful for the ADA for what it has done to make the US more accessible for everyone.
None of us realize the impact of a disability until we are thrust into this situation. Having accessible sidewalks, bathroom's, doorways, counter tops, ramps or lifts into pools allow those with disabilities to be as independent as they can be.
As you will read and hear information on the radio, the TV and the newspaper about the ADA as the US celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the American's with Disabilities Act you will learn that we still have a long way to go in the areas such as employment, housing and business opportunities.
I feel I can say this; people with disabilities don't want handouts, but do want the opportunity to work, travel, and enjoy life. The ADA is making this possible for many.
Today, I am thankful for the American with Disabilities Act, the healthcare professionals;  such as physicians, nurses, physical, occupational, speech therapists, psychologists, and other providers who provide services that assist those injured reach beyond their potential.
I also thank my family, and friends who offer support and my husband who is my caregiver, the love of my life and my rock. I am so grateful.