I was lucky enough to be born one month before the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. The ADA has had a unique impact on each stage of my life. When I was six years old, the ADA gave me the legal right to a quality education. This education gave me the ability to go to college and chase my dreams. I’m sure without the ADA my life would be dramatically different in so many ways.
During my college career, the ADA helped ensure that I received the proper accommodations in each course. These accommodations leveled the playing field between myself and students without disabilities, and I was able to excel. I would not have been able to complete the law school entrance exam without the proper accommodations.
When I entered the workforce and began looking for a job, I was concerned that my disability would work against me. I could not have been more wrong. The ADA not only ensured that I got the same employment opportunities as everyone else, but I feel the ADA has finally eliminated the glass ceiling for people with disabilities. I am excited to see where my education and my career will lead in the future.
By Lewis Hall
#IWantToWork Social Media Manager
(As we celebrate a quarter century of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the #IWantToWork campaign is proud of our inspirational staff. These four young adults show every day that living with a disability does not have to be a barrier to being a successful, contributing member of society. This is the third of four reflections from our staff, coordinated by Alexa Brill, Communications Associate.)