“We all need to advocate for our family members, friends, neighbors, and fellow Lawrencians who may need accessible housing — now or in the future,” Dot Nary writes in this column.
“All five of these women are leaders in the struggle to increase understanding of disability as a common human condition and an issue of diversity, versus the outdated view of disability as a personal frailty and a reason to be shunned and segregated,” Dot Nary writes.
“Let’s celebrate the anniversary of the ADA as a landmark civil rights law that protects the right of people with disabilities to be seen and to be fully participating members of our community,” Dot Nary writes in this column.
“I regard my needs as typical, not ‘special,’ and I prefer the term ‘disabled.’ This is the term favored by most disability activists who are involved in a civil rights movement and who are working to create a world where everyone with any type of disability is respected, accommodated, and can participate,” Dot Nary writes.
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