Professor Kudlick Urges Stronger Messaging, Visibility for Americans with Disabilities Act

Friday, October 11, 2019

MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT ARTS WORLDWIDE -- Catherine Kudlick, Ph.D., professor of History and director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, was asked by WalletHub about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that was adopted nearly three decades ago and what improvements, if at all, the act should see in the 21st century.

“Better messaging at every level about what the ADA does and what it means would help a lot,” she said. “Right now, the public only learns about lawyer scams and victimized small businesses. Where are the stories about people who get to attend school, work and participate in civic life thanks to this law?

“Everyone — from those who park ‘just for a moment’ to the restaurants that store their extra trash bags in front of accessible entrances to employers who pass over someone with a job — need to internalize the message that people with disabilities aren’t just burdens.