Happy Birthday, ADA
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we have to go in and use a elevator that is too small, so we are forced to face the corner because the turning radius is obsolete.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