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Coping With Disability: Mastering The Skills of Work and Daily Life

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Sunday will be the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law. It’s aimed at preventing discrimination against people with physical or mental impairment by requiring employers and public facilities to provide accommodations for them. About one-fifth of Americans have some sort of disability. By many accounts, the ADA law has opened many doors, sometimes literally, but much remains to be fought for, to ensure people with disabilities access to mainstream life.

Last spring we learned about one entrepreneurial effort to make it easier for those with disabilities to live independently when we spoke with Michael Bullis. He’s founder and executive director of The IMAGE Center of Maryland. Their latest project will allow people with disabilities access to a library of instructional videos and audio on how to best complete everyday tasks. The project is called the Aging & Disability Skills Gateway.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.