Will Reeve On The 25th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on July 29, 2015 # News, Advocacy and Policy

Last week, as the nation celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Will Reeve, Reeve Foundation board member and son of Christopher and Dana Reeve, published an op-ed in USA Today on the strengths and shortcomings of the disability-focused legislation.

Below is a brief excerpt of the article with the full story available here.

Civil rights issues have dominated headlines this year, each deserving of attention. But there is one issue that tends to be overshadowed year after year — one that impacts the largest minority group in the U.S., the disability community.

For many decades, entire cities and communities were inaccessible, from restaurants to public transportation and even sidewalks. The world was full of obstacles that restricted independent living for millions of Americans. I witnessed this world from a young age.

While there have been significant strides thanks to the ADA, we have only scratched the surface on reaching true equality for the 56.7 million Americans living with disabilities.

Instead of simply praising what this law has accomplished, we must use this anniversary as a launch pad to safeguard the rights of individuals living with disabilities so that equality becomes part of our everyday existence.

Visit usat.ly/1gRdquW to read Will Reeve's op-ed.

Photo of Will Reeve taken at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 2014 A Magical Evening gala benefit. The 25th Anniversary of our A Magical Evening gala benefit is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Cipriani Wall Street, NY.