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The ADA Turns 30!

Observing the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The ground-breaking civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), turned thirty on July 26. The law makes sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life. These areas are: public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

In observance of the anniversary, Society's Assets, a nonprofit agency that is a local resource for all questions disability-related, created a social media campaign that tells about people who have met with fewer barriers and new perceptions to increase their participation in community life.

Using the phone with limited hearing is possible.

Access to telephone communication is covered by the ADA. A woman uses a captioned telephone to see what people are saying. Then she answers with her own voice. This is an example of the assistive technology services at Society's Assets.

Society's Assets was formed in 1974 in Racine by people with disabilities to offer resources for people with disabilities who want to improve accessibility and options in the community. While the service area has expanded to five counties in southeastern Wisconsin, the services and commitment to independent living are still the benchmarks true to our mission.

Society's Assets staff perform ADA compliance assessments and provide technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability rights laws. Other services include advocacy, supportive home care, home and vehicle modifications, assistive technology, independent living skills training, peer support, benefits counseling, skilled nursing, and transitions to life after high school or returning home from the nursing home. Contact us for more information at 1-800-378-9128 or info@societysassets.org