ADA 30th Anniversary

Ethan, Phase I Scholar
Zoom meeting with 2020 staff and scholars

On Monday, July 27, 2020, we watched the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law protects people with disabilities by allowing them the same access as others. The ADA has brought the disability community together.

The ADA has allowed more people with disabilities to work and engage in academic and other activities as well. It aims to remove barriers and eliminate discrimination and allow people with disabilities to complete degrees and to be hired and work effectively. The ADA requires that schools and companies provide reasonable accommodations to students and employees. For example, the ADA requires interpreters to provide access to those who are deaf. Being able to receive the accommodations I need is essential for me. Without the ADA, I would have struggled a lot in school.

At the 30th anniversary event we had a lot of fun listening to Governor Jay Inslee and learning cool things about the ADA and different disabilities. It was also a nice opportunity to celebrate with my fellow Scholars. We shared our thoughts and had a discussion about the ADA.