Sunday, October 12, 2008

Justified American pride: The ADA

Every time I visit my disabled mother, I'm reminded that the US is not entirely Canada's uncivilized step-sister.

Yes, there's the small detail of universal health care in Canada. That counts for a lot of civilization points.

On the other hand, we have the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It may annoy the geeks who write on Wikipedia, but, as imperfect as it is, it is an act of civilization.

In the US airports, hotels and most business facilities are accessible. In Canada, you're on your own -- and it ain't pretty.

The ADA was signed by George H. W. Bush. In retrospect he wasn't so bad - compared, say, to his son. I despised his rhetoric, but his actions were often better than his words.

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