ABC 7 News Story — Marchers Mark 20 Years of Disabilities Act

July 29, 2010 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

ABC 7 interviewing Kimball GrayECNV staff marched to Capitol Hill with hundreds of CIL colleagues last Thursday hundreds .

Kimball Gray, ECNV Director of Community Services, was interviewed by ABC 7 News!! Leadn on Kimball! Watch the story now. (I can’t believe it’s not captioned!!! What were they thinking?)

WASHINGTON – It’s been 20 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. But supporters say their fight for inclusion is far from over.

Hundreds marched to Capitol Hill Tuesday, marking the strides that have been made in 20 years.

“Bathrooms are different, there’s curb cuts on every street, elevators in a lot of buildings that didn’t have’m before, lots of ramps,” explained Kelly Buckland from the National Council on Independent Living.

But, they say, their fight is not yet won.

“We still have a long way to go,” said DC resident Amber Keohane.

A big concern remains debt-ridden states that are cutting community services, forcing more disabled into nursing homes.

“It costs more to be in a nursing home than it is to live in your own home with assistance,” said Leigh Anne Heath, a Galax, Virginia, resident.

People with disabilities remain only half as likely to find a job as those without.

“We tend to be loyal and stay with them, in part because it is difficult to find jobs, and because we want to work,” said Kimball Gray, a Silver Spring resident.

Hanging at convention headquarters — The Grand Hyatt — a huge artistic flag, with each feather and stick holding a photo and story of a disabled American.

“It’s all about human beings connecting one on one, sharing their story, and making things better,” said Scott Cooper, a producer.

They’re message to lawmakers: we are a force to be reckoned with.

The group has a website marking the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It goes live on July 26 at 1:45, the exact time President George H. W. Bush signed the legislation: http://www.itsourstory.org.

There’s a web preview available at http://www.youtube.com/user/itsourstoryproject

Credit to the ABC 7 News

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