The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30th Anniversary

I used to be ashamed of this symbol. Now I embrace it, and all of the princess parking that follows. 💁🏻‍♀️

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, and today marks its 30th anniversary. It’s certainly a day of celebration🎉, but also a day for reflection.🤔

“The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.” – ADA National Network

Reading this, I can’t believe that only three decades ago, people with disabilities (some of whom were born with one🙋🏻‍♀️) were legally deemed as “equal” amongst their peers! In that same breath, I’m so grateful that this act was signed a couple of years before I was born, leaving my personal experiences to solely be life post-ADA. I’ve been granted so many experiences that I’m thankful for, and we’ve come so far with making changes in the right direction, but it’s important to recognize the strides we have yet to take. I live them every day. & I know that individuals with disabilities are certainly not the only minority fighting for changes that are so so so far overdue! I’ll continue to advocate for inclusivity and equality as I share both my struggles and celebrations in an effort to create awareness and inspire change.

Cheers to thirty years, and here’s to the future. 💚

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