In the history of civil rights, one of the more remarkable achievements was the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 under George HW Bush. O ne driving force behind the law was Republic John Dart. across the country people with disabilities gained important rights as accommodations were made to help meet the needs of people living with disabilities. At the same time advocacy organizations arose to ensure that the law was being enforced.
Which brings me to the following story I heard recently. Someone called an organization about a problem she was having at a governmental facility. She was told that there was something called the ADA and the organization would contact the officials at the government agency to find out what was going on. When the staff called, the first question that they asked was, who is your ADA Coordinator? Government agencies are required to have someone monitoring their compliance with the law.I don’t know, I’ll need to find out, was the response.Let me get back in touch with you.
A day later, the government official called back and said, I found out who the ADA coordinator is. It’s me. Well, thank goodness for small favors! The point us, that sometimes sheer incompetence is the reason why people don’t get their rights. And the advocates need to wake up people and make them aware of their responsibilities for fairness and equal treatment.Take time to find out your rights and if you need someone to speak up on your behalf, find out who you need to call.
- Enforcing the ADA Through Lawsuits (slacearchive.wordpress.com)
- The ADA, FHA, and apartment buildings: your disabled parking rights (myparkingsign.com)
- Disability Law (socialsecurityhome.com)
- Court case expands employees’ ADA parking rights (myparkingpermit.com)