25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated in Amherst

Law has brought about major improvements in access

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Amherst Town Green has hosted many events, but perhaps none as inspiring as Saturday’s salute to the impact of the 25  year-old Americans with Disabilities Act. The Stavros Center for Independent Living knows first-hand how the law has improved life for people with disabilities.

“It gives me and others like me the opportunity to participate more in community events; anywhere from going to town meetings, to going to the movies, to going fishing like I’m doing this afternoon,” Stavros Director of Community Services Joseph Tringeli said.

Jessica Whitney of Chicopee cannot say enough about the positive impact the Americans with Disabilities Act has had on her daughter.

“Normal things are very difficult for her. We have really great school systems that have helped her adapt to her environment,” Whitney said.

Every year, Stavros helps some 6,000 men, women, and children living with disabilities. The help they get from Stavros has been accelerated by much of what most people barely notice- such as sidewalk curb cuts, and easier access to restaurants- all things attained through the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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