The Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25
The Americans with Disabilities Act banned discrimination against people with disabilities and attempted to remove obstacles that prevent Americans from living fulfilling and productive lives. Enforcement has been weak and government adoption has been slow with violations by government agencies common place.
Today, more than one fourth of Americans with disabilities live below the poverty line, and unemployment among those who can and wish to work is tragically high. Funding of disability related healthcare has evaporated for dental, eye-care, and mental health services. The disabled have become the forgotten minority.