OUR STORIES: 25 Stories of the ADA (#15)

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The month of July in 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  All of us at DEC have been affected by the ADA and we plan on spending the whole month to celebrate it, wrapping up on July 24th with our ADA Celebration Picnic.

In honor of the 25 years of the ADA, we’ll be posting Our Stories every day – telling the stories of how the ADA has affected people individually.  Today we share Barry Boyer’s story.

The ADA has allowed me to have more mobility in my wheelchair, with curb ramps on sidewalks and power doors on public buildings. The availability of handicap restroom facilities and accessible businesses are expanding, too. There is room for improvement in some situations, like finding appropriate housing to meet my needs.
The goodness of the ADA is only good if the regulations are fully enforced. Sometimes the individual with disabilities is the one who has to fight for their rights. It is difficult just living day to day let alone having to put extra energy into fighting for equal opportunity. The ADA helps to not have to feel like you are always fighting for equal rights and accessibility.”