“If you were part of this movement in 1990, you can say emphatically: Times have changed.” — Josie Byzek
Is the world perfect now? Of course not. But we asked for access and protection from discrimination and the right to live in our communities instead of in nursing homes — and we’ve gained a lot of ground.
“They say the devil is in the details. Well, so is redemption.” — Tim Gilmer
The signing of the ADA 25 years ago prompted profound changes to the built environment. Improvement in access has opened up much of life, allowing us to participate in our communities and be accepted as parents, as consumers, as people.
“Images of Disability Pride,” by photographers with disabilities (Lawrence Roffee, Christopher Voelker, Mary Lou Mobley and Loren Worthington), will run as part of “25/40” — a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA and the 40th anniversary of Very Special Arts. It takes place at the Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the Smithsonian, from July 16 to July 26. Other events include free performances, lectures, dance parties, film festivals and more. www.2540celebration.com.