The American Disabilities Act Turns 22 Today: Big Strides, Long Way to Go

Jul 26, 2012

Thursday marks the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Gordon Richins, the Consumer Liaison at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, tells UPR's Brianna Bodily about what the Act has accomplished so far and what still needs to change.

"For me, the issue that rubs me the hardest is the inclusion portion, because whether you have a disability or you come from a different nationality or whatever the case, no one likes to be excluded...exclusion is discrimination."

"Physical accessibility costs a lot of money. I'll pick on Logan because it's an older community and it's built on a hill. None of us has a magic wand to make everything accessible right now. Progress is being made but I wouldn't encourage any advocate to get real agitated right now because cities have budgets and there's a reality to fixing everything right now. It takes time."