This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. The objective of this landmark civil rights legislation was to ensure equal access to businesses, telecommunications, public property, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Since ADA’s inception, it has become clear that the definition of “disability” is not black and white. Rather, disabilities come in many different shades and hues, some of which are not even visible to the average person.
Although we are still in the early stages of this pandemic, each day we are learning more about COVID-19 and its effects on those who become infected. Initially, fever and respiratory illness were the only symptoms of the virus. Now, there is a laundry list of symptoms, not limited to congestion, loss of taste and smell, fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, and shortness of breath.
Our daily routines have drastically changed since the onset of COVID-19. There are greater restrictions on where we can go, who we can see, and how long we can be there. This applies to businesses, physician and therapy appointments, even time with family. These new challenges can have a significant impact on how we socialize and bring structure to our day, which can further affect our well-being and emotional health.