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Americans With Disabilities Act - 20th Anniversary

20 years ago today, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act.

During the signing ceremony, Bush thanked democrats and republicans alike, for working together on the first ever civil rights law enacted for people with disabilities.

The ADA, National Network, says nearly one in six Americans have some form of physical or mental impairment that limits their activities, or makes them dependent on others.

Last year Good Will Dayton served over 10,000 people with disabilities.

Kim Bramlage with Easter Seals Miami Valley says more people can be helped but many don't know about the work Good Will is doing locally.

"Work training program, employment training and career development programs. We also do a great deal of work with people with hearing loss, vision loss - any individual who needs assistance in some way or another. And if you're not sure where to go for help, we're the first place you should contact. If we don't offer a service, we'll tell you who does."

Bramlage says about 40% of Good Will's employees have a disability, but nationally the disabled still face challenges finding jobs and becoming independent. The U.S. Department of Labor reports a 14-percent unemployment rate for people with disabilities.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.