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    Happy 20th Aniversery ADA

    1. Has ADA helped you in any way.
    2. Where can it be improved.
    3. Do you have any war stories?
    4. What have you done to insure ADA Compliance.
    5. Any other comments.


    I just watched Tom Harkin on the floor of the US Senate. He talked about the celebrations being held across the nation this week end and in DC next Monday. In his speech he stated we have come a long way, but still have a long way to go. The part of his speech that caught my attention the most was, he stated the hose of representative will have for the first time in history a member of the house in a wheel chair preside over the house. There are no ramps to the podium in either chamber, for people with mobile disability. This is scheduled Monday July 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm EDST.

    When even our congress in not in ADA compliance, how do we expect the rest of the country to do the right thing. This is an opportunity to tell the world what a disability means not only to us, but to the betterment of our nation.

    This is the time to put into word what needs to be improved and what has worked.
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    This years ADA statement.
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    Thanks for the information about the member of the house residing over the house.
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    very good video and article... reminds me of how far we have come and also pre- ADA the lack of rights & segration persons with disabilities faced.

    Here's to many more years of continued progress, equality and increased quality of life for all individuals....

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    ADA has been beneficial in some respects such as improved wheelchair accessibility. However, it has not necessarily changed attitudinal barriers. There are all too prevalent instances of physically disabled persons being denied employment with the disingenuous excuse that "there was a more qualified applicant" who was given the position. Discrimination in such cases is very difficult to prove and is often prohibitively expensive to pursue legally.

    Ironically, ADA has enabled some with questionable nonphysical disabilities to obtain an unfair advantage. Years ago, people tried to avoid the stigma of being labeled with a cognitive or developmental disability. However, since the advent of the ADA, some well-heeled parents with children of average or slightly less than average intelligence have actively sought out some psychiatrist through personal connections to give their child a specious diagnosis of ADHD, which then entitles them to special consideration such as extra time on their SATs, LSATs or MCATs. Some cases are legitimate, but there is also much fraud. The college or graduate school can then claim that they have complied with the ADA and tacitly met their "quota" of disabled applicants while denying admission to more qualified physically disabled applicants.

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    I'll drink to that Ches - it's a noble sentiment. Hard to believe it's been 20 years already.
    Quote Originally Posted by ChesBay View Post
    very good video and article... reminds me of how far we have come and also pre- ADA the lack of rights & segration persons with disabilities faced.

    Here's to many more years of continued progress, equality and increased quality of life for all individuals....
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    Whoo-hoo. Thank You!

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    Are these just your questions or will the input be delivered someplace soliciting comment?

    New Jersey state government needs:
    1. To be told that the ADA does indeed apply to state governments so they stop righteously proclaiming that they are not governed by the ADA;
    2. to fire their ineffectual and rude ADA coordinator; and
    3. to educate its Attorney General's office and departmental management at all levels about the requirements of the ADA, and punish their hubris when they flout it.

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    C-Span is having a town hall meeting right now worth checking out.

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