How has the ADA impacted your life regarding travel/mobility, education, employment, or any other aspect?
It’s been difficult to navigate the social world because of my disability. I struggle daily with time management, communication, education, being able to work. I️ haven’t been able to pass the learners permit to get my license. I don’t go out with friends. I️ am thankful to be in school which helps me with my social life. I️ do not do group sports. I’m involved with Boy Scouts but doing so creates a lot of anxiety. My parents try very hard to encourage me to get involved but I️ am not motivated because things that come easy to others are very difficult for me. Written by Nick’s mother
Can you share a “before and after” experience; e.g., before the ADA I couldn’t do X or was denied access to Y, and thanks to the ADA I can do Z.
During the pandemic I️ was stuck at home and had to do class by zoom. I️ could not maintain focus and became emotionally exhausted. I️ just started back at my therapeutic school and my mood is much better. I️ am more independent. I’m happy to see my friends. I️ feel less anxious going out in the community. My parents are feeling a huge relief and things at home are better.
What advances in disability rights would you like to see in the next 30 years?
We need to ensure that students with disabilities have access to the education they need to succeed and become independent adults. We need to make sure they have adequate housing. We need to make sure they have access to mental health services and support and healthcare and prescribers.