I have been involved with individuals that have educational, emotional, vocational and mobility issues for the last 50 years. The one thing that has not changed in all of that time is that funding and services are always limited or not available. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, but didn’t actually go into effect until early in 1992. From the beginning, there were provisions to ensure the rights of the disabled, but not necessarily the funding.
It is now 2021 and things really haven’t changed as far as the funding. Individuals have their rights recognized, but not the funding to enjoy those rights. My recent posts have focused on helping a homeless relative that has a number of documented disabilities and requests from my blog readers that are in desperate situations. They or a family member need wheel chairs to be mobile, but they can’t afford to have a wheel chair ramp installed because they do not have the necessary resources. They can’t easily get into or out of their homes because their homes aren’t accessible and they can’t use their bathrooms because they can’t get their wheel chair through the door. If they get help into the bathroom, they require assistance from someone strong enough and skilled enough to help them. Often, the resources for any of these barriers are not available.
With all of the discussions about how our country will proceed under a new administration, and the disagreements that our citizens have about priorities, policies and human rights, I am making a plea to have individuals support our differently able citizens. I hear people talk about the silent majority, but few people talking about the invisible minority that needs our collective assistance.