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 Jackie’s story.
The ADA helps me know I am not alone in the fight for equality as a person with mental health issues. Having access to more programs through the ADA that offer help and encourage community among those with disabilities is a valuable tool to me in helping me with my future. The experience of being with other people with disabilities has given me insight and inspiration to move forward and see that I am not alone.
Building my own confidence has been a big issue for me. To not be afraid or ashamed of my disability. It helps to know there are laws protecting me from discrimination based on my disability. You can’t help others before you help yourself. You need to work together in building healthy relationships with those around you. Sometimes you need to change your circumstances in your life to better yourself and have a better quality of life.
One in four people have mental health issues, at one time in their life. You are not alone.”