The Americans with Disabilties Act turns 25 years old.
What does the ADA mean to the members of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming?
Twenty-five years ago, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is proud to play a critical role in enforcing the ADA, working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, each month the Department of Justice will spotlight efforts that are opening gateways to full participation and opportunity for people with disabilities. For more information visit http://www.ada.gov/ada_25th_anniversary/index.html.
The Americans with Disabilties Act has affected the people and families who are served by The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming. The ADA has different meanings for many people. The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming’s board president, Marcy VanZandt, shares how it personally touches her and her family.
“Our awesome daughter Casey was born in 1982 with Down Syndrome. So many thoughts went through our heads about her future. Because of Casey we have met some pretty amazing people. On one family trip while sitting in a restaurant, we were approached by an older couple. They stopped to tell that we had a beautiful family and remarked about how cute Casey was. They went on to say how lucky we were that she was born at this time because there would be many opportunities for her to take advantage of compared to years before. I felt they were speaking from experience....that maybe they had a loved one with a disability and services were not as readily available. So today on this 25th Anniversary of ADA, Casey and her family celebrate all the families who came before us. The Moms and Dads and self advocates who advocated tirelessly for this important legislation. Because of ADA, Casey has a beautiful life enriched with great friends and endless opportunities.”