ADA Poem

By Martina Robinson

All across nation
Members of disability community
Engage in
Remembering the days before a more
Inclusive
Congress
Acted to ensure civil rights for disabled and
Non-disabled alike the
Summer I was 13.

We had a dance
Inside/under the main summer camp pavilion
That evening. I remember
How

Delighted the young girl who was me
In that moment
Surely in this new land of
Access, she could
Become anything she wanted,
Impairment or not. So much
Laughter and joy
In
That evening. How was that
Idealistic teen to know that
Even civil rights laws didn’t
Stop bigots from being bigoted.

After all we’ve learned in two decades, we still
Celebrate and commune
Today!