The American with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 1990.
Because of this law people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. We have come a long way since the 90’s. Some of you reading this post may not even been a twinkle in your father’s eye. Sorry, I couldn’t resist… 🙂 that’s just something ‘ole-folks’ used to say. It simply means you had not been conceived yet.
Just because an individual has a disability it does not mean that they are in any way less than a person that has no disabilities. Don’t focus on how they may be different, celebrate their uniqueness. Please be aware that there are disabilities that may not be visible. We should be kind and considerate to everyone we meet. I long for the day when we will stop focusing on what makes us different, and take a more time to get to know one another. We might be surprised to learn that we have more in common than what separates us.
To everyone that lives with personal challenges (no matter what they may be) the amazing thing is that we can ‘choose’ to adopt a positive attitude. At the same time we should try to eliminate things that are negative. In no way am I making light of disabilities, I am thinking of people throughout history that have overcome what others would look at as an insurmountable disability.
Ludwig van Beethoven, a famous composer dealt with deep bouts of depression, and began to lose his hearing in his 20’s.
Helen Keller, a celebrated author grew up unable to hear or see because of a severe illness, yet she graduated from Radcliffe College, she also became a speaker and activist for the deaf and blind.
Bethany Hamilton, a surfing sensation lost her left arm in a shark attack when she was 13 years old. She did not allow that to stop her. She was back in the water one month later. She won her 1st national title two years later at the age of 15. Today she is a motivational speaker, and a professional surfer.
There are many other examples of people that took the ‘Dis’ out of disability and just focused on their ABILITY!
Hats off to all of you that choose to remain positive! That Keep Going!
BE ENCOURAGED! Be Positive! Find your purpose and do it to the best of your ability!
In closing I want to highlight someone that is near and dear to my heart. She is one that would fall into the category of ‘Not-Appearing-to-have-a-Disability’. Diane is a person that refuses to allow situations and circumstances to stop her from competing what she sees as her life’s purpose. I wanted to share what she posted on Linked In 7-26-21.
Diane I am so very proud of you! Keep Pressing Forward. God’s got you in His capable hands!