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40-year-old Heather Reese and her mother, Sue, in Dayton.
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In this latest installment from our summer series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, WYSO's April Laissle introduces us to 40-year-old Heather Reese, who has Down syndrome, a heart defect known as mitral regurgitation, or MR, and a visual impairment. Heather leads Laissle on a tour of United Rehabilitation Services in Dayton, where she works. And we meet Heather’s mom, Sue, who also works at URS.

Some highlights from this story include:

Just Ask: Susan Koller And Tom Webb Talk Job Discrimination

Aug 17, 2017
People with disabilities say many work environments aren’t set up to accommodate disabilities. This is an additional challenge for people with mobility issues in the workplace, who often need special software or other assistive technology.
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In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability,  we explore the issue of employment discrimination and access. WYSO producer Anna Lurie introduces us to Susan Koller and Tom Webb, who both have cerebral palsy. They say many work environments aren’t set up to accommodate people with disabilities. And many people with mobility issues in the workplace also need special software or other assistive technology.

Unemployment Rate For People Age 16 to 64, with and without disabilities
National Center for Family & Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University / WYSO

All this month, WYSO is bringing you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. It’s a series we’re calling Just Ask: Talking About Disability. In an effort to better understand the issue of disabilities in Ohio, we collaborated with researchers from the National Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University, who analyzed statistics from the 2015 five-year American Community Survey.

Robert Sabwami, 41, tells us about his experience growing up in Kenya with a visual impairment.
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In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, we hear from 41-year-old Robert Sabwami, who recalls his experience growing up in Kenya with a visual impairment. 

In this story produced by WYSO's April Laissle, he says his journey hasn’t always been easy. When Robert first started losing his vision, he was plunged into isolation.

Highlights from this interview include: 

President George H.W. Bush Signs The Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
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This Wednesday marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The federal law mandates equal access, and prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities nationwide.

Advocate Linda Wetters is former assistant director of the state agency Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, previously known as the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission.  

Todd Corthell and Lateef Brown
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Lateef Brown and Todd Corthell both suffered a traumatic brain injury in their twenties, and both are still grappling with recovery, decades later. In this audio story from our series, Just Ask: Talking About Disability, Lateef and Todd share their personal recovery journeys, and talk about how their lives have changed since their injuries. 

Highlights from this interview include: 

Local Groups File Lawsuit Against Dayton Mall

Dec 15, 2015
Dayton Mall
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Two local organizations have filed a lawsuit in federal court saying the Dayton Mall’s bus stop discriminates against people with disabilities.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, or ABLE, joined with Disability Rights Ohio in a suit filed Tuesday. They say the public RTA bus stop at the mall is unreasonably far from the mall’s main entrance, creating barriers for people with disabilities who work or shop at the mall.

Jason Boylan is an attorney for Disability Rights Ohio. He says the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was intended to prevent situations like this.

John Dixon works at  Access Dayton, one of the groups leading the push to move the stop. He says if he can't get a ride, a trip to the mall can take hours.
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Local groups will recognize the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act or ADA this weekend with a protest. Activists say the Greater Dayton RTA bus stop at the Dayton Mall discriminates against people with disabilities.

The ADA is a federal law that’s led to a lot of the accommodations we’re used to today, like curb ramps and braille on elevators, but leaders with Access Dayton and Leaders for Equality and Action Dayton (LEAD) say the bus stop at the Dayton Mall violates the spirit of that law.

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.