On Monday, July 25, I was invited to America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels presented by Capital One, and in partnership with the U.S. Business Leadership Network.
Part of the reason that this event was hosted by Capital One was because they believe that “everyone has a unique point of view to share, shaped by their life experiences, cultures, and passions”. They are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive culture where every voice is heard and matters.
My father and I met with David Thomason who works as Special Olympic Virginia’s Vice President of Advancement in Richmond. I had never been to Capital One before, and I was very excited! Before the meeting, there was a brief reception where we could talk to other invitees. David and I were the only ones from SOVA’s staff at the event.
As the meeting started we were introduced to Eric Neudel, and Alison Gilkey, who co-produced a documentary called Lives Worth Living. This documentary tells us about the struggles that people with disabilities had to face before the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990. That’s 26 years ago! It was really moving for me since I too have a disability.
We are really fortunate that the ADA was put into place because people with disabilities were extremely discriminated against. We still have a long way to go to make sure people are being treated with the respect they deserve. Seeing the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels was also very interesting to me! I learned so much and was extremely honored to be present during this.
I really wished schools taught us the extent of information that was described to me.