(WTNH) — This year marks 25 years since the “Americans With Disability Act” was passed by Congress.
Thursday, a commemoration event was held at the Cigna Headquarters in Bloomfield. Speakers at the event tried to stress the point that attitudes towards those with disabilities need to change, and that those affected don’t want pity, they want the dignity that comes with independence, and a chance to be hired, despite a physical disadvantage.
“The challenges and barriers we face are not curb cuts, not elevators, not doorways, not showers, none of those things. The barriers are attitudinal. They’re in our head. So think about things a little differently,” said Dr. Mark Boxer, Cigna CIO.
State Senator Ted Kennedy also spoke at the event. He is also labeled as disabled since he lost his leg as a child.