ADA anniversary: Your comments
Some of your responses to our question: Despite progress in the last two decades, what still needs to be done when it comes to accessibility for the disabled?
Has it been 20 years? So much progress has been made, and so much is left to be done. It's still not at all a simple matter for someone who uses a wheelchair to participate fully in community life, and it seems that the non-disabled still must make a serious effort to allow disabled persons to move about freely, to live where they wish, to work without barriers. There is still huge resentment at what is seen as special privilege afforded to disabled people. Services for disabled adults are not embedded but are subject to budget constraints, leaving their families and caregivers to provide services that they've been doing for years and are still not-equipped to perform. Most of all, wheel-chair access to housing is limited: new housing with wheelchair access frequently is badly designed and overpriced, as well as being located in isolated areas. There is no serious method for landlords to remodel and re-equip their properties to fit the needs of disabled persons, and no incentive for them to do so, certainly not in the marketplace. Still there are wonderful things out there, and compared to other developed democracies we can be very proud of what's been accomplished in twenty years. Many thanks also to all the parents who went before, and all the veterans whose sacrifices allowed later generations to benefit. -- jody43jody
With medicine on the verge of regeneration techniques, it may be smarter to figure out how to help people heal from their disabilities then spend money on fancy technology that would be difficult to maintain and a massive amount of money and energy to implement across the world. Alot of technology already exists for disabled such as voice recognition. They just need to buy the technology unless they are liberals and thing they should be given the technology. -- OptionJohn
It would be helpful if discussions concerning disabilities and individual rights also addressed people living on the autism spectrum and the protections and accomodations that they should be afforded. -- STTaylorDC
It seems obvious, but its still a big, big problem for wheel chair users...snow and ice removal. In Colorado, the rule is snow must be shoveled within 24 hours. I've seen my neighbors stuck in their homes because of unshoveled sidewalks, and poorly shoveled sidewalks. People do need to consider the disabled and remember to thoroughly clean off the snow and ice. -- AnnsThought
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