Today is an Independence Day celebration for more than 50 million American children and adults with disabilities.
Twenty-four years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, eliminating discrimination in employment, transportation and public accommodations.
In addition to the very important “breaking down” of physical barriers such as curb cuts, ramped access to buildings, automatic-opening doors and accessible public transportation, there is another legacy of the ADA.
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People with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities to pursue their dreams.
Americans are increasingly looking beyond a disability — physical and cognitive — to see people like themselves who each day seek the same opportunity for rewarding jobs and fulfilling lives.
Enabling people with disabilities to have access to education and assistive technology has expanded opportunities in the workplace.
More companies are hiring people with disabilities and many have specific initiatives under their diversity programs.
These companies have learned that hiring people with disabilities is not charity — it is smart business.
Many serious challenges still remain for the 52 million children and adults with disabilities.
However, today please take a moment to celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day for Americans with disabilities!
— Bill Knudsen, president & CEO, Ability Connection Texas, Dallas
We’re asking what can be done about these children and teens flooding the borders? It’s easy.
If they were sturdy enough to come here unaccompanied by a parent, they’re sturdy enough to be sent back without one. If they came with a parent or adult family member, they go back with the same person. Not by expensive chartered bus, but by old school buses.
And where do they go back to? As far inside Mexico as possible. Mexico let them through, let Mexico deal with them.
You ask what about the little ones without a parent? If they’re under 12, they can go into foster care for adoption by a legal American family who will assume the responsibility of raising them as Americans. No hyphen.
As to the border itself, Gov. Perry, Texas has no history of waiting for the feds to do what Texans can do. Let’s build our own dang fence and to heck with the feds!
— Leah Walker, Fort Worth
I have to wonder if the people who will be on the bridges above Interstate 30 and Interstate 20 protesting the wave of illegal children at our southern border are the same people I see outside family planning/abortion clinics holding signs supporting family values and denouncing those choosing legal abortion.
— Tom Smusz, Brock
It is evident that the administration and our representatives in Congress are not going to do much to address the border crisis.
The illegals will continue to cross into the U.S.
Since a number of our representatives want the illegals to stay here, I think the best course of action would be to fly or bus them to Washington, D.C.
They could house them in government buildings and even some in the White House. They then would be close to the government officials who are responsible for this crisis and have the money and other resources to take care of them.
It then would be easier to manage the whole situation instead of all over the U.S., and would cost less money.
Also, it would force face-to-face discussions, and decisions could be made earlier.
— Donald Kneram, Fort Worth
How we got here
If you are comfortable and were not born into wealth, think about how you got to where you are.
Did education play a big part? Were you ever out of work? Did you draw unemployment?
Have you ever been helped by our government?
As a result of public schools and sharing our resources, our country is filled with successful, wealthy, conservatives who have forgotten how they got there and are worried that someone is abusing their tax money while they enjoy life.
Keep it up folks, your children and grandchildren will not be as lucky as you were. Where will you send them? To Mexico?
— Gary B. Hicks, Fort Worth
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