"We've come a long way, but there's more work to do." That's the message many Americans with disabilities are hoping to spread on the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Former President George H. W. Bush signed the act into law in 1990.
The cities of Panama City, Panama City Beach and Lynn Haven presented and read proclamations to recognize the anniversary of the civil rights law this week.
Pam Dorwarth of Bay County has watched the law essentially change the way disabled Americans are viewed, even treated.
"There's real steep stairs and up at the top, there's a door to go into a building with a little handicap sign, like someone could pop some willies up those stairs, you know, but we've climbed a lot of those stairs," said Dorwarth, while creating an analogy of disabilities.
"Things haven't always been the way they are for folks with disabilities, as far as main streaming and having the opportunity to full participate in society," said Panama City Commissioner John Kady. He presented a proclamation on behalf of the city at the Disability Resource Center on Friday.
Dorwarth said she looks forward to the anniversary every year because it helps raise awareness and reminds many of the work that's left to do.