“I appreciate a good news source with no paywall.”

-PublicSource member Donna

Help celebrate 10 years of our public-service journalism: make a gift today and keep it available for your neighbors.

Sign up for our free weekly newsletter.

Posted inFIRST PERSON

Disability justice is not just ramps and curb cuts; it spans health, education, the environment and more.

This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act and I, both, turn 30. The ADA is one of the pieces of legislation that provides a patchwork of civil rights protections for people with disabilities. Many of these disability civil rights laws, including the ADA, create an incomplete quilt of protections only enforceable through lawsuit. I want to live in a region, state and country where you don’t have to sue for basic rights. And, for me, it’s not just a political pursuit — it’s personal.