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Big birthdays for ADA and its biggest Senate champion

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It’s fitting that the birthdays of the Americans with Disabilities Act and former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole fall within days of each other – with the ADA reaching the quarter-century mark on Sunday and Dole, its greatest champion in Congress, having turned 92 on Wednesday. The law’s implementation has been slow and costly in some cases, underscoring the need for groups such as the Wichita-Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board. To its discredit, the County Commission recently weakened what had been a commitment to inclusion even stronger than the ADA in code requirements for parts of the county. But for most Americans, the access and accommodations afforded by the law now seem like common sense. Just as then-President George H.W. Bush predicted when he signed it in 1990, the ADA signaled “the end to the unjustified segregation and exclusion of persons with disabilities from the mainstream of American life.” – Rhonda Holman

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