colby caldwell

Priya Ray - Day Two

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The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was passed in 1990. It is a civil rights law to ensure that People Living with Disabilities (PLD) are provided with services and equipment to ensure their independence in their communities. Sadly, a lot of Americans are not very aware of the specifics of this law. 

Even something as basic as parking - so few people realize that there actually different types of spaces. One of the most common violations I see are in the van accessible spaces. These are the accessible spaces that have lines to mark off an area for PLD that have vehicle, wheelchair, and a lift/ramp, or for PLD that have a caregiver that helps them get in and out of the car.   They  need the space to load and unload from their vehicle. Some people, including PLD, do not realize why these lines exist and decide to park in the lines. Why? Because the governing part of our community (the governors, senators, heads of school boards, and the DMV ) do not educate people about it. I have had driver’s licenses in 3 states and not a single DMV manual had information about these spaces (except that it’s illegal to park there). The laws were not created as kind gesture - they are laws put in place to make sure PLD have equal opportunities to participate in the community they live in. Here you can see two PLD, (myself and another woman with her caregiver), both using the van accessible spaces to live our lives. When you park in those lines you are preventing two people from interacting with their community.