OUR STORIES: 25 Stories of the ADA (#17)

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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 Barb Feaser’s story.

I struggle with rheumatoid arthritis and sometimes, it is very painful. I have to challenge myself to not let my disability consume me. I think the ADA has given me, as well as others with disabilities, more opportunities to achieve full participation and independence in the work place as well as the community. It makes me feel protected.
Having a disability has allowed me to work with others with disabilities and to help me educate them.
I have seen how the ADA has affected many individuals with disabilities. More individuals are being employed, with reasonable accommodations, able to successfully maintain their employment. The ADA was a much needed piece of legislation.
If we stop looking at disability as something scary, and instead, look at it as an ability to live life through choice and free from barriers, it would be a much better place. I believe we are getting there!!! Thank you, ADA!”