Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tomorrow marks a historical day, and potentially the pinnacle of George W. Bush's legacy-- the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act amendment. These changes will bring more disabilities into the protected class, and strengthen the laws that are currently on the books. Another ADA (American Diabetes Assocation) has worked hard on advocacy for this legislation, as well as other organizations.

This is a moment of victory and celebration. While all is not equal and the playing field is still not level, by any stretch of the imagination, minority groups always find their incresed membership in the franchaise of democracy is always accessed (and ensured) through legislation.

1 comment:

Gary said...

Would you consider mentioning my newly-published memoir on your blog? I would be happy to exchange blog feeds as well.

Seven Wheelchairs: A Life beyond Polio was recently released by The University of Iowa Press.

The memoir is a history -- an American tale -- of my fifty year wheelchair journey after being struck by both bulbar and lumbar poliomyelitis after a vaccine accident in 1959. The Press says Seven Wheelchairs gives "readers the unromantic truth about life in a wheelchair, he escapes stereotypes about people with disabilities and moves toward a place where every individual is irreplaceable."

Other reviewers have called Seven Wheelchairs "sardonic and blunt," "a compelling account," and "powerful and poetic."

I hope you can mention Seven Wheelchairs on your blog. We all live different disability stories, I know, but perhaps if you find the memoir worthwhile, you might want to recommend the book to others who are curious about what polio or disability in general.

Of course, the book is also available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Gary Presley
SEVEN WHEELCHAIRS: A Life beyond Polio
Fall 2008 University of Iowa Press