Happy 31st Birthday ADA! It’s Fun to Celebrate the Birth of a Great Law!

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The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. Today the Law turns 31 years old! Happy Birthday!

The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services.

It’s fun to celebrate the birth of a great law! Bring on the cake and ice cream!

The ADA was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability, which is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered. Source:

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The ADA is an “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities!

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Please click here for FAQ about the ADA.

And for your information, this Center is very helpful!

Great Plains ADA Center
100 Corporate Lake Drive
Columbia, MO  65203
(573) 882-3600
Serving Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

I have many memories of the people I’ve counseled over the years! And I will continue to advocate awareness of persons with disabilities. 

Thank you for the opportunity to serve others.

Here’s a bouquet of gerbera to profess my gratitude for what I learn from my customers, clients, and all the people who have taught me about my career

More cake and ice cream please!

I hope people all over America are celebrating the birthday of the ADA with the treat of their choice! I truly love chocolate cake and ice cream and want you to have another look! 

I thank those who fought hard to bring the ADA to the people. I have experience working on cases involving the ADA and enjoy linking my knowledge with cases regarding employment discrimination in the workplace.

If you have a case involving work and disability, let me know if you’d like my help. I will thoroughly investigate all aspects of vocational rehabilitation and/or life care planning and pay particular attention to health, safety and quality of life! 

Contact me at 515-778-0634 or to discuss your case.               

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.


Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 FAQs

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Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 FAQs

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. As a civil rights law, the ADA prohibits discrimination of individuals with disabilities. To do so, the ADA ensures equal employment opportunities, requires public and private sectors to increase accessibility, and aims to provide those with disabilities the same advantages and benefits maintained by those without disabilities.

What are the main components of the ADA?

The main components of the ADA are non-discrimination of individuals with disabilities, equal employment opportunities, and the increase of accessibility around the United States.

What terminology is preferred today?

There’s no hard and fast rule – terms frequently change and vary across disabilities, regions, and generations. Few people use “challenged,” “crippled,” “handicapped,” or other stigmatizing terms because they are outdated. The best practice is to ask for individual preference.

What does disability mean?

The official government definition is as follows: an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

How many Americans are directly covered by the ADA?

According to United States census information, 1 in 5 Americans have some type of disability (note: this is difficult to verify, as disabilities can vary in severity and this statistic neglects the unreported or undiagnosed).

What led to the passing of the ADA?

The ADA ultimately expands upon various court cases and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which enacted non-discrimination policies for individuals with disabilities in public entities. Additionally, the ADA was modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its focus on eliminating both public and private discrimination, as well as in the allocation of government resources for those affected.

What does accessible or accessibility mean?

To make something accessible enables individuals with disabilities direct and indirect availability to products, devices, services, and environments.

Is there a difference between accessible design and universal design?

Accessible design references a process that is specifically designed for individuals with disabilities. Universal design is a process where the outcome is usable for anyone, exemplified by curb cuts and ramps that may be necessary for some individuals, but are used by all.

What are some everyday changes enacted by the ADA?

  • Equal employment opportunity to ensure that a qualified candidate cannot be rejected because of a disability.
  • Public transportation must have accessible cars, buses, and elevators.
  • Restaurants, museums, stores, and other establishments must be accessible – meaning proprietors must remove physical barriers, be wheelchair friendly, and comply with other ADA accessibility requirements.
  • Closed captioning has grown in use and most video services now have a system to insert captions when necessary.  
  • Telephone companies must have services for customers who are deaf.

Is equal employment opportunity the main accomplishment of the ADA?

While equal employment opportunity is a major accomplishment of the ADA, other successes include increased accessibility and non-discrimination policies in various aspects of everyday life, such as education and telecommunications.

What are the major challenges of the ADA?

There is some disagreement over the ADA as a civil rights law and the ADA as a series of safety regulations. Also, enforcement of the measures enacted by the ADA can be difficult to monitor. Another problem is that people without disabilities may be unaware of jargon (such as “accessibility” or “reasonable accommodation”), resulting in confusion and delay of action. The ADA has had a limited impact on poverty and unemployment among and violence against people with disabilities.

Why it important to learn about the ADA?

The ADA is a major civil rights bill; non-discrimination policies and equal employment opportunities are significant outcomes of the legislation. Also, the increase of accessibility and universal design influence the lives of all Americans, not just those with disabilities. It has had widespread international influence, with many countries adopting similar laws.

Where can I find more information on the ADA?  




Disability Employment Awareness Month & A Story About Pumpkin Man

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Feel the October days fly through the surrounding air! The gorgeous trees, the beautiful and interesting as always weather, and the bounty upon us is incredible. Image result for pumpkin bread

Had any pumpkin bread yet? Yummy!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2019  where you’ll find resources about National Disability Employment Awareness Month and  a historical timeline of the ADA.  These sites are knowledge-filled and helpful to a student studying for the CRC exam!

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Happy 29th ADA!  The birthday was officially celebrated in July, but I always like to extend partytime!

“Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is civil rights legislation that works to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment. At the U.S. Department of Labor, we are committed to delivering on the promise of the ADA, not only for today’s workers with disabilities, but also future generations.”

The ADA plays an integral role in the live’s of many people. It gives people with disabilities the right to file lawsuits in Federal court and obtain Federal court orders to stop ADA violations. Any vocationally relevant factor entwined with the person’s civil rights, will describe or amend a violation.

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Ready to go, willing to do, and happy to help!

Hiring me to perform the research specific to the worker and the situation, prepare an individualized needs assessment and vocational report, and then present in front of a judge or jury makes sense.

If your case involves the ADA, I’m fully interested in applying my knowledge of the law as it relates to employment and help you help your client!  Here’s a great newspaper story of Pumpkin Man, a hard worker who dares to live his dream!

FYI: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers, State and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including State and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations.

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Pumpkin Man, Oh Pumpkin Man! Just as Tasty as Gingerbread Man!

Please contact me at 515-778-0634 or email and we can set up a time to talk. I can describe to you a recent case I had involving an employment discrimination lawsuit.  Thank you for reading!


 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.