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

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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 Paula Moyer’s story.

I am extremely appreciative of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities; guarantees equal opportunities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications; and allows those with disabilities a sense of freedom in being treated as an equal. The ADA has impacted my own life as the mother of a child with a disability by empowering me with a sense of peace and understanding in knowing my daughter will be protected by the ADA. Working as an Independent Living Coordinator has given me the power to assist those with disabilities to obtain housing, employment, education, and reasonable accommodations. I am blessed to assist people with disabilities, as well as my own daughter, in knowing their rights.”