Hundreds circled Idaho’s Statehouse Monday as a show of strength and courage, marking the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act—the civil rights law which targets discrimination in the workplace.
Many participants took full advantage of handicap ramps around the Capitol, which only 20 years ago, were not required. Common amenities such as power-operated doors, curb cuts for sidewalks and accessible parking spaces are all end-results of the A.D.A.
Monday’s “Hands Around the Capitol” celebration was spearheaded by the Idaho Task Force on the A.D.A., and $7,000 was raised through donations from non-profits and private businesses.
Federal health and census data conservatively estimates that 15 percent of the population has a disability, therefore it’s estimated that more than 200,000 of Idaho’s citizens are disabled.