July 26, 1990, a day to be truly proud to be an American. A true turning point in the lives of individu
als with disabilities thanks to the tireless efforts of all those who made that day possible from grassroots efforts at the local level to bipartisan support from our elected officials in Washington, D.C.
To view the signing ceremony for American with Disabilities (ADA) act. It will bring tears to your eyes.
The Signing of the Americans for Disability Act July, 20, 1990
The story of this day in history , July 26th.1990:
“Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down” President George Hubert Walker Bush.
Were You there? More importantly, Was the Church there?
Yes. We all were there in some way. The ADA unlike any other piece of legislation in recent memory united all of us. The focus was not about one group or cause. The passage of the ADA embodied all of us regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, affiliation or political persuasion. Why? Because all of us will be touched by disability at some time in our lives, either ourselves or a family member. Disabilities have no cultural boundary.
The Continuing Impact of the ADA on the Lives of Individuals with Disabilities:
Twenty five years have passed since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. An entire generation of young people has been born with disabilities or acquired disabilities. They are now young adults entering the workforce. Many of them are now graduating from universities and beginning their professional careers.
Education and employment continue to be critical issues for the Disability Community. Disabilities are now included as part of a diverse workforce. The employment statistics show an overall improvement for individuals with disabilities in part thanks to technology.
Technology has totally changed how all of us live and conduct our affairs. Computers, software and mobile devices have greatly enhanced the lives of people with disabilities. Universal Design is no longer a utopian dream but holds hope of a future reality.
Accessibility in travel, public buildings and work environments has made tremendous strides although much is left to do to make Universality Design a widely adopted reality. We have taken many critical steps toward progress. However, in the words of the famous poet Robert Frost, ‘We have miles to go before we sleep’.
Through the Roof: A Biblical Mandate: Matt. 9:2-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke…
Where is the Church of Jesus Christ and its outreach to the Disability Community in regards to accessibility, education, employment and above all, acceptance of people who are different than the norm?
What are your thoughts about the ADA 25 years later?
How is your church planning to recognize individuals with disabilities as a vital part of the Church of Jesus Christ?
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Please do not miss a teaching opportunity to celebrate individuals with disabilities as a contributing part of the tapestry of the creation of God.
Faith Community Resources:
For more information, please contact
Janice Duvall M.A.
Information & Referral Counselor