The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990. The evidence of its success is everywhere. Handicap parking spaces, Braille instructions on ATM's, and ramps built into sidewalks have all become commonplace fixtures that make an enormous difference in the lives of persons with disabilities.
And yet despite ample evidence that the ADA is working, people with disabilities are still, far too often, treated as second class citizens, shunned and segregated by physical barriers and social stereotypes. They are discriminated against in employment, schools, and housing, robbed of their personal autonomy, sometimes even hidden away and forgotten by the larger society. By and large, people with disabilities continue to be excluded from the American dream.