OUR STORIES: 25 Stories of the ADA (#22)

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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 Jesus Domena’s story.

The ADA helps me by allowing me to pursue activities in which I choose to participate. I have the freedom to succeed and to fail and to learn from my experiences, just like anyone without disabilities. People with disabilities are regular people, just like anyone else. We all have rights and can do whatever we want to push ourselves to do.
When I went to the NCIL conference las year, I knew a little about what we would discuss and learn but I had no idea how much it would impact me. To see everyone from different places with different disabilities, coming together as one to march for our rights, was very overwhelming, touching, emotional, rewarding and most importantly, empowering! The ADA gives us a voice, and it is up to every single one of us to make sure we use the ADA to our advantage to be heard.”