Can you imagine showing up for work and the staircase to your office on the second floor is gone? All your coworkers are already there, but there’s no way in for you. Or, can you imagine making plans to meet your friends out for dinner, and when you get to the restaurant its front door is barricaded? All your friends are inside enjoying their meal together, but there’s no way in for you. Or, can you imagine being at a meeting where the discussion includes something important about your future, but you have no idea what everyone is saying because you can’t hear them?
It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Most of us would do everything in our power to correct those situations, and fast. However, moments like these occur every day for millions of people around the world, including in the United States, even though the Americans with Disabilities Act became a civil rights law over 27 years ago. The law seeks to prevent discrimination based on disability against the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any public accommodation. Solutions for the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities have not been fast, and part of the reason why is because many people lack information.