A little over half a century ago, zero federal laws made it illegal to discriminate against disabled people. Today’s accessibility accommodations in buildings and services were nonexistent. We have disability rights activist and supreme badass Judy Heumann to thank for sparking a national movement for the protection of disabled peoples’ rights that led to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And it benefits everyone.
This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act has a thirtieth candle to blow out on its birthday cake. The ADA is the widest-ranging and most comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation ever passed in the United States, and it has become the model for disability-based laws around the world. We reached out to some of our authors to reflect on the impact of this landmark in disability history and on the ongoing fight for disability rights. We share their statements with you below.
Today Beacon Press takes part in the international conversation highlighting stories of people with disabilities. In honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA, we present two disability stories: one from Terry Galloway, the other from Suzanne Kamata. *** Hearing's...
Terry Galloway's wickedly hilarious memoir is now available in audiobook.
Terry Galloway talks about her cochlear implant surgery and how it felt to hear her mother's voice for the first time in 51 years.
In an excerpt from her book, Terry Galloway discusses lip-reading, special education, and being Little-d deaf.
Terry Galloway talks about how her life may or may not change when her hearing is restored.
Terry Galloway talks about how she decided to get a surgery that could potentially restore the hearing she lost when she was a child.