Episode 2 – The Americans with Disabilities Act at 30: Reflections and Reckoning

Episode 2:
The Americans with Disabilities Act at 30: Reflections and Reckoning

September 2020

Sen Thomas HarkinFeaturing:
U.S. Sen. (ret.) Tom Harkin, sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Synopsis:
Three decades after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by President George H.W. Bush, the numbers of neurodiverse individuals who are continuing on to college and finding footing in the global workplace have outstripped pre-ADA numbers. Change is indisputable, but are there areas where the neurodiverse are still struggling to get a foothold? This month’s “Difference Maker,” retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, looks back at the path that led to the ADA and looks ahead at the road still untraveled. Plus, experts answer parents ADA-related questions about supporting their neurodiverse children.

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