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  1. I'm Art Blaser in Orange, California
  2. South of Los Angeles.
  3. And the first question had to do with
  4. my background and how I became aware
  5. of the ADA, a disability association.
  6. In my case,
    although I had some knowledge before,
  7. not a lot less than most people,
  8. til I became disabled,
  9. which was in 1983,
    I had a brain stem stroke

  10. and became disabled and a full time
  11. wheelchair user today.
  12. And I would say that
  13. the issues of disability accommodations
  14. I confronted.
  15. A big one was access to my home
  16. and a simple one was access to my job.
  17. That although curb cuts were in theory
  18. supposed to be in place
  19. by 1995, in practice, they weren't.
  20. They are today, which I think is
  21. emblematic of the impact of the ADA.
  22. As of now we've got things
  23. to the time, but,
  24. the spirit of the ADA
  25. was the confrontation of
  26. people being public about their needs.
  27. And eventually, Orange, where I live,
  28. had curb cuts at the corners, which meant
  29. it was possible for me to live
  30. about five blocks from campus.
  31. I had improvements also and accommodations
  32. which included a computerized voice
  33. that makes it possible to teach.
  34. The kinds of things that
  35. wouldn't have existed decades ago.
  36. Fortunately, in California as a professor,
  37. I was able to take advantage of
  38. good state laws.
  39. But I think they're being forced by
  40. the spirit of the ADA.
  41. We see the ADA's effect for good
  42. point of the spirit
  43. and some things that don't work
  44. just about every day that they
  45. try to get access to different buildings.
  46. And quite often, the experience
  47. of other people say
  48. this shouldn't be happening,
  49. but in fact it is.
  50. But the big difference is
  51. is that were people motivated,
  52. eventually things change and adapt.
  53. I've noticed it most
  54. in education
  55. that I teach
  56. at Chapman University, since 1981,
  57. so before the ADA.
  58. And, when I was not disabled,
  59. I teach today
  60. I noticed a lot of the effects through
  61. teaching disabilities at least.
  62. And, I've had students
  63. who actually grew up knowing
  64. that the ADA existed
  65. and they're the so-called "ADA generation"
  66. which makes a big difference.
  67. People are claiming disability and trying
  68. to make the world a better place.
  69. And, in many cases, they're successful,
  70. and in some cases, not.
  71. But there are reasons for it
  72. and I think there's a desire
  73. to understand the reasons.
  74. I think they want us to
  75. prioritize and recognize separated people,
  76. the association of where
  77. and how people live,
  78. and the contrast between nursing homes
  79. and lacks of the community
  80. or congregate settings.
  81. And we're experiencing through COVID-19,
  82. the current crisis,
  83. a lot of death in nursing homes worldwide.
  84. And, we also have the coordinance of the
  85. Unites States fills decades, which Friday
  86. the interpretations of it, but
  87. it will threat of the right of people
  88. to live in the community
  89. guaranteed by the
  90. Americans with Disabilities Act.
  91. I think one of the
  92. unfortunate things we are seeing
  93. is the lack of forward movement
  94. toward nursing home reforms
  95. or eStatements.
  96. We can't continue to live in congregate
  97. settings and a number of people are
  98. active big of what that thing is,
  99. the independent living centers
  100. and independent living movement,
  101. some things that I feel privileged
  102. in a lot of ways to be involved in
  103. with a center for independent living
  104. for Orange county and LA.
  105. And a major issue has been
  106. transitions from nursing homes.
  107. And, that will continue to be a major
  108. issue including interpretations of cores,
  109. which I think is very important

  110. not only in the United States,
  111. but also elsewhere as well.
  112. England has noticed roughly
  113. the same thing happening
  114. that about half of the deaths
  115. are people in nursing homes.
  116. They can tell that a bit of the issue
  117. is that now we're seeing a lot
  118. of people who've had COVID-19
  119. tested positive and recovered,
  120. but a lot of indications that they
  121. haven't recovered perfectly.
  122. That many of them like me have stroke,
  123. some things that are similar to
  124. multiple sclerosis,
  125. and a lot of people haven't thought
  126. of themselves as disabled, but in fact
  127. have many of the conditions of disability.
  128. And an important factor
  129. in the coming years
  130. I think will be that people
  131. claim disability
  132. and discover that it's actually a part
  133. of the way a lot of us live.
  134. And that's something that's
  135. going to go away because
  136. to people like me
  137. is we can make the world a lot better
  138. by acknowledging the rights
  139. that should come along with disability.
  140. The most important step that
  141. we as community members can take
  142. is education while they can see that
  143. all of us are involved
  144. in through their lifespan
  145. because they can see inside there.
  146. And considering people to both
  147. dimensions of disability
  148. some with pride and positive atitudes
  149. towards human differences continue
  150. through their lifespans and
  151. know religious organizations
  152. at first, might find it difficult to
  153. deal with disabilities through politics
  154. like the Americans with Disability Act
  155. and Vocabularies Right,
  156. but that's very necessary.
  157. And at the colleges and universities
  158. I know we have to graduate disabilities
  159. to this program.
  160. But as a community,
  161. I think everything affects the media.
  162. Sometimes we see things differently,
  163. but an increase in disability
  164. of disability is important.
  165. Fortunately, we have projects like
  166. the disability and visibility project,
  167. a number of instances
  168. of involvement of the media,
  169. foundations like the Rotherham Foundation.
  170. But a number of indications that
  171. in the future disability will be something
  172. that people are likely to talk about
  173. and deal with in a positive way.