30 years of Community Access, Independent Living, Employment and Action
Idahoans are celebrating 30 Years of Community Access, Independent Living, Employment and Activism through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The COVID-19 pandemic means we’re adapting plans for “Hands Around the Capitol 2020” to create a series of online events, beginning in July and continuing until the end of October. We welcome your involvement!
The ADA means people with disabilities are treated the same way as others. We’ll use social media to share stories of how the ADA empowers us to live the lives we want, and to celebrate the people who made it all possible.
The law expanded opportunities for 304,000 Idahoans with disabilities by reducing barriers, changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life. The ADA’s promise can only be reached through shared to fully implement the ADA through education and outreach.
To help celebrate, follow activities on social media:
- Instagram ada30idaho
- Twitter @ADA30Idaho
- YouTube @ADA30Idaho
- Facebook handsaroundthecapitol
#ThanksToTheADA #ADA30Idaho #WhatTheADAMeansToMe
For more information or to share your stories, contact
During the COVID19 pandemic and mask shortage it’s amazing to see the army of seamstresses, quilters makers and businesses stepping up to help others. Support for front-line health care professionals—doctors and nurses caring for patients—makes everyone proud.
Other groups are in desperate need of masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and we need to keep them out of our hospitals at all costs. Persons with disability, seniors and anyone recovering from illness or injury—and their personal assistants—are at high risk for COVID19 and can’t compete for PPE.
In-home personal care professionals assist multiple individuals each day—and few if any have access to masks or other PPE right now.
They need your help—desperately.
How You Can Help
Contact Living Independence Network Corporation (LINC)
Donated masks will be distributed to high-risk individuals and providers. We need to flatten the curve among this population to support doctors and nurses. Some funds available for materials.
Spread the word! Downloadable flier: PPE4PWD
This project is coordinated among:
- Idaho State Independent Living Council silc.id.gov
- Centers for Independent Living (see silc.idaho.gov)
- Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities icdd.idaho.gov
“Currently, I have three personal assistants coming in and out of my home who have no protective masks. Also, my friend picks up groceries and medical supplies for me and my other friends with disabilities who have compromised health conditions. He also has a comprised health condition. None of us can find masks”
—Dana Gover, Northwest ADA Center-Idaho
Beyond a focus on Fair Housing law, we all need to be aware of barriers to community mobility as well. During a 2019 access audit of a new subdivision in Boise’s Harris Ranch, planning and design barriers were evident throughout the ‘walk and roll’ event. From the absence of Greenbelt access indicators to steep connecting ramps, missing or misaligned curb cuts, and even surface materials, we encountered multiple opportunities for improved mobility and access.
Take the bridge decking in the photo at left. The openings are the perfect size to trap small front wheels on a manual chair or swallow the tip of a cane. It’s also a surface service dogs might perceive as unsafe. This is a perfect example of the need to include a range of voices in the planning process. Problems can be addressed before injury occurs.
Until you’ve tried to navigate your community without full vision, hearing or mobility, access is often an afterthought. And remember, construction can create life-threatening barriers and hazards, as in this 2018 story about ongoing problems with road construction in and around Boise.
Highway signs in the path of travel can trip a pedestrian or force them into the roadway. This is not a mere incovenience; it can create a life-threatening situation. We all need to increase our access awareness and take an active role in creating barrier-free communities.