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20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This week on Noon Edition, we discussed how the Americans with Disabilities Act has impacted Hoosiers over the last two decades.

a blue sign with a handicapped symbol on an open door

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This week on Noon Edition: a discussion on the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This week on Noon Edition, we discussed how the Americans with Disabilities Act has impacted Hoosiers over the last two decades and what that legislation means to for people in South Central Indiana today.

Joining us in the studio were Barbara Salisbury with the Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living, Stone Belt Arc Senior Director of Human Resources Brad Galin, and local psychologist Don Weller.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tina-Lubarsky/584604514 Tina Lubarsky

    I am a visually impaired person who is having trouble accessing the Bloomington Transit fixed route buses. I live right in front of a bus stop. Getting to town is no trouble, but getting home is a nightmare. I can not tell which bus is which in order to get on the correct bus home. I asked BT if they would use their External voice announcement system, which is already in place on all of their buses, but not in use. BT declined the use of this system and as an alternative they gave me a large, laminated card with a bus route number to hold up so the driver could identify me. When I used this system I felt stigmatized and worse, it does nothing for anyone else who may want to use the bus, but can't read the sign. Even though this alternative may be within the letter of the ADA laws, it is not in keeping with the spirit of the ADA, which is to increase inclusion and make programs like the public transit program available to all people. Do you have any suggestions or advice to improve accessibility of the BT system?

  • Mebush40

    Would it be possible to carry a small but powerful monocular with you to see the bus route and number?

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