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I Am The Same Age As The Americans With Disabilities Act

There's something I have in common with the ADA: we're both 32 years old. The Americans with Disabilities Act was written into the law on July 26, 1990. The ADA is the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against Disabled People.

I'm writing this blog post because I want to reflect on my own personal self development as I have transitioned into adulthood. I also want to talk about the development of the ADA. Does the ADA go through a similar growth process as most of us do? Has it "matured?"

The Law doesn't change. The law stays the same. The Laws of gravity work the same way. What changes are the perceptions and attitudes we have about Disability. I had my paradigm shift a few years ago when I learned about the difference between the social and medical models of Disability.

In simple words, the medical model says disability is a problem that needs to be fixed. The social model says Disability isn't the problem, it's our systems and attitudes about Disability that needs changing. There were times in my life where I believed I needed to be cured or healed from my Disability because it was a big problem. I still have these thoughts and feelings sometimes.

They don't go away. They stick to you like glue. It's hard to let them go when you exist in a world that constantly wants to remind you that Disability is in fact a problem that needs to be fixed. We experience this type of discrimination every single day of our lives.

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