A Tallahassee advocate for the disabled, who himself uses a wheelchair, got a chance earlier this month to tell federal officials they need to do more to help disabled people live like everybody else.
J.R. Harding, who works for the Florida Department of Education in the office of vocational rehabilitation, traveled to Washington DC on September 5, to speak at a “national listening session” attended by representatives of the White House, Cabinet and several federal agencies.
One of his key points was the need to bring all medical facilities – such a doctors offices and substance abuse facilities – into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“We weren’t asking for (new) laws. We weren’t asking for money. We were just asking for them to do what they said they’d do in the first place,” Harding said.