Susie Link, the Peer Counselor Coordinator at the Southern Tier Independence Center in Binghamton, NY, describes the opportunities that the ADA has created to create a more free and accessible environment for people with disabilities.
The Southern Tier Independence Center in Binghamton celebrates the ADA’s 25th anniversary with activities designed to educate the community about the capabilities of people with disabilities. The goal is to educate others to change belief systems towards disabilities and work to lower the unemployment rate.
Maria Dibble, the executive director of the Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC) describes the accomplishments of STIC over time to create a more accessible environment. Dibble also talks about the importance of the ADA in creating a better environment to pave the way for the Homestead Act. Yet there are still some misconceptions regarding people with disabilities.
Janice Sangle shares how she dealt with limited access at a voting booth and used this to bring awareness to her community about the importance of accessible entrances. Also, the curb cutouts in cities which allow Tony Greenfield to maneuver easier on his scooter.
Sarah Doherty describes how she learned the art of adaptation and translated this knowledge into her professional life as an inventor and owner of Sidesticks.
Corry Pannell describes the great progress the ADA has made, especially in enabling her to work in a productive environment. However, she believes more education is necessary for employers to look beyond the physical differences to the inside.