02 Mar 2016

2015 was a landmark year for people with disabilities. With the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, citizens with disabilities were recognized once again for their work ethic and importance to the business world.

Our political science class at Ball State, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: Supporting a Sustainable Lifestyle for People with Disabilities, focused on the 25th anniversary of the ADA and what the next 25 years foresees for people with disabilities. By teaching the integration of the ADA with the concept of political participation, more learners were able to comprehend how the ADA has impacted people with disabilities.

The students finished the semester presenting projects that reflected, in their opinions, the best course of action for students with disabilities to gain sustainable employment. The projects were thoughtful examinations on how universities, employers, and the students themselves should prepare for entering the workforce as a student with a physical disability.

As part of that preparation, a team member from Eskenazi Health presented the Eskenazi Health Initiative for Empowerment and Economic Independence. This Initiative, the groundbreaking internship program at Marion County’s premiere healthcare facility, provides internships to students with disabilities at Eskenazi Health Hospital. In conjunction with the BSU Disability Project, the Eskenazi Health Initiative provides opportunities for students with disabilities to gain valuable work experience.

We are grateful for the support from Ball State and its partner, Eskenazi Health. Additionally, we extend our gratitude to our contributing stakeholders: The Lilly Endowment, The Eli Lilly Corporation Foundation, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the Hoover Family Foundation, and the Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate. These community leaders continue to demonstrate a commitment towards the sustainable employment for people with disabilities. Thank you.

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