Topeka Advocates Look To Bring ADA Home

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Americans with Disabilities Act recently marked 23 years of opening doors to equality for those with disabilities.

The Topeka Independent Living Resource Center celebrated the passage of the ADA Friday with friends and community leaders.

This year's keynote speaker was L.J. Leatherman, a past board president of Topeka Independent Living Resource Center and the attorney who brought the first Title 2 ADA lawsuit, Tyler vs. Manhattan.

Mike Oxford, director of TILR, said, as much as the ADA has done, they are looking to take it a step further. They're working with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin on adding a sixth title to the act.

"If people don't have a right to live in their own homes and communities, that's a major piece that was missing from the Americans with Disabilities Act," Oxford said. "We've been talking with him about adding a new sixth title that would create a right to home- and community-based services."

Topeka City Councilwoman Karen Hiller also took part in Friday's events. She read a proclamation from Mayor Larry Wolgast, recognizing the ADA.


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