Civil rights is our focus. People first.
Our name is Disability Justice. We promote and advocate for the civil rights of people like us -- people with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is
not medical services,
not social services,
not special treatment
The ADA is civil rights. Plain and simple.
"Disability rights" are not special rights. Disability rights are the same rights guaranteed to everyone by the Constitution.
Every person has the right to be fully part of everyday life:
learning, commerce, civic, recreation, family and friends, independence.
President George H. W. Bush said when signing the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990:
"Together, we must remove the physical barriers we have created and the social barriers that we have accepted.
For ours will never be a truly prosperous nation until all within it prosper."
The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to everyone.
Anyone can join the club any time
temporary disability is a sports injury; postpartum depression
long term disability is scoliosis; a work injury causing on-going back pain
visible disability is joint arthritis requiring a cane for walking; COPD requiring oxygen
invisible disability is PTSD; nerve damage in legs
future disability - as we age, we are likely to acquire a disability
Disability is a normal part of life.
Society works best when inclusion is normal.
What are barriers?
Physical barriers are steps. Someone with a broken leg who uses crutches can't use stairs. Restaurants, workplaces, stores, churches, government offices, schools often have no alternative like a ramp.
Society's barriers are refusing to hire people with physical disabilities no matter what their education and skills. Too often people with disabilities are treated as problems not people. Blaming shootings on "mental health issues" ignores reality. This stigmatizes people with mental health problems.