Happy Birth­day, ADA

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

My dream is that all Tex­ans soon will be able to go into the front of our Capi­tol. Twenty years ago, on July 26, 1990, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush signed the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act. This act made it il­le­gal to dis­crim­i­nate against peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. No other class of cit­i­zens would al­low Texas to make them use the back door.

If that weren’t enough, we have to go in and use a el­e­va­tor that is too small, so we are forced to face the corner be­cause the turn­ing ra­dius is ob­so­lete. When we try to go into one of the gal­leys to see our Leg­is­la­ture work, we are again hu­mil­i­ated. There is an old, small plat­form that takes us up about two feet. It wasn’t made for power chairs. I have a small chair, and it barely fits.

The whole ex­pe­ri­ence is de­grad­ing. As a dis­abled Texan, I have a right to see my govern­ment with­out be­ing made to feel like a sec­ond-class cit­i­zen. It’s time the Capi­tol was made truly ac­ces­si­ble. Twenty years is long enough. Kim Camp­bell

austin gackac@gmail.com

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