Until 2004, I was an independent and active woman -- a former airline sales exec and then a high school educator. Then my body kept betraying me. I was finally diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease -- confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. With life at a slower pace, I learned to live a more conscious and mindful life -- buying, eating and other choices. I listen instead of talking, and I observe instead of running and rushing.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
RIP Edward "Ted" Kennedy
This is a few days late, but through all the memorials for Teddy Kennedy over the weekend, I learned what afriend he was to people with disabilities. In fact, there might not be an Americans with Disabilities Act, if not for Senator Kennedy, and he was a driving force behind the Family Leave Act, among others. I have said many times how the ADA has made my life so much easier, and someone who was disabled before 1990, can really see the difference. We have a way to go, because now members of Congress are pushing the envelope toward the concept of "visitability", which is the concept that everyone's home and every building should be accessible whether or not there is someone who lives or works there, but for the benefit of anyone who has to visit. I can't tell you how many times people with disabilities are invited somewhere, only to find out they can't attend due ro the inaccessibility of the venue/home
Anyway please read my tribute to Senator Kennedy by clicking here.
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I was really pleased to see how much media attention his funeral and life have been getting. After all the attention that Michael Jackson's death got, I was afraid that Ted Kennedy's legacy would be forgotten.
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