An Acrostic poem in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the ADA

By Martina Robinson

All across nation
Members of disability community
Engage in
Remembering the days before a more
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

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
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