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What I Have Learned as an Intern About the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is celebrating its 31st Anniversary on July 26th, 2021. This is a special day because it celebrates a time in our history that allows all people to be included and valued, not only in the workplace but in life. There are some things in life that I do not have a perspective on, but I have dedicated this internship to learn more and be more aware of what is going on in the world around me.

Getting Hired has taught me that all people have a chance no matter their circumstance, they strive to be an inclusive and diverse workforce that celebrates everyone and anyone. There is nothing that can stop us from being who we are and there is always a place for us in this world.

I have learned that the ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services. For me, I just thought that everyone had access to the same opportunities, but after reading and seeing the reality of the situation, I was wrong.

I realized that 1 in 4 people have some sort of disability, whether that is seen or not. This can range from mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, but also visual impairments, hearing loss, autism, down syndrome, amputations, and the list could go on.

What is most important is we educate ourselves. Respect individual experiences. Make our content accessible. Consider accessibility in everything that we do. Advocate proactively. Lastly, show up imperfectly. I have come to understand that is a process and that I will make mistakes, but it is better to take the steps in changing my view than to never put myself in these conversations at all. Show up and be ready.

Want to support #ADA31? Check out our resources provided below to help share in the celebration:

Our infographic below has some quick facts to learn more about the ADA and what it means.
(Click on the infographic to download a copy for yourself to share in your workplace and community)
Americans With Disabilities Act- Inforgraphic for the blog final
What I Have Learned as an Intern About the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Getting Hired Team