OUR STORIES: 25 Stories of the ADA (#23)

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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 Melissa Hawkins’ story.

As a person with a disability, I am unfortunately aware that there is still a lot of discrimination in many parts of life. The ADA is very important to me because it protects my rights to accommodations and equal treatment.
Since I am profoundly deaf, the ADA has helped me with accommodations for my job, such as providing a captioned phone and flashing lights for alarms. This requirement outlined by the ADA helps me do the best job I can and to feel safe at work.”