Today is the 16th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act.
The ADA has done us a lot of good! God bless America for it. However, as President Bush recently spoke at the National Assocation for the Advancement of Colored People conference. He has said that "It's a lot easier to change a law than to change the human heart." That quote is in regards of racism in America. Allow me to change the quote a bit, "It's a lot easier to change a law than to educate the human mind." This is in regards of ignorance of nearly every possible issue.
Not just some people - too many people are ignorant of the ADA or at least how to appropriately serve and/or accommodate people with disabilities.
My proposal to approach the issue of racism and the ignorance of people with disabilities begins in our public school system from K through 12. The current emphasis in our school system are math, reading, science, social studies, and writing. We need to add two classes that will be invaluable to the public school curriculum - ethics and diversity. Those two classes will directly approach the two biggest issues we have.
In the end, this quote will actually mean something, "_______ does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age and handicapped status in employment or the provision of services."