In honor of those who face disabilities, Hillary Clinton handed Twitter control to a disability advocate named Sara. A mother and nurse from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sara used Clinton's official Twitter account on Sunday to share her support of the former secretary of state, express the need for disability care, and tell the story of her 16-year-old son, Adam, who has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. The social media switch was in honor of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The ADA prohibits the discrimination of people living with disabilities. Because of this piece of legislation, employers must provide "reasonable accommodations" such as wheelchair access and the admittance of service dogs, and public accessibility must be a priority. Signed into law by former president George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, this civil rights act remains a cornerstone of disability legislation and crucial to parents such as Sara.
Sara's emotional day of tweeting illustrated the struggles that someone like Adam might face. Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome is a severe form of epilepsy that often leads to impaired intellectual functioning, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Sara helped Twitter users understand the realities of raising a child with such a disability. Here are eight of her most impactful tweets:
On What He Can Do
People who don't often interact with those facing disabilities sometimes assume that they are helpless. Sara's tweet shows that Adam can do many things that onlookers don't expect from him. She says that at cross country meets, athletes from both teams come congratulate him.
Sara's adorable photo shows Adam and his service dog, Turbo. The tweets show that the family is definitely rooting for Clinton to pack her bags for Washington. Adam's T-shirt is a pretty good indicator.
On The Future
Sara brings up a point that most Americans don't have to think about. Despite the ADA, a disability can severely hurt employment options.
This statement points to a need for government support of the kinds of programs and organizations that help someone like Adam. The Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation, and countless community organizations help those afflicted.
Clinton worked as a lawyer for the Children's Defense Fund to fight for the education of children with disabilities, her website says. She was honored in 2013 by the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy.
On Meeting Her
Clinton then asked, "What do we have here?" Adam's father hugged her and thanked her for her commitment to epilepsy research. Later, she spent some time talking to the family about disabilities.
The ADA makes sure that places of public accommodation have access for people with disabilities and their trusty service dogs. The family spent the day with Clinton on Sunday.
Through the Clinton campaign, Sara has been able to spread awareness of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Her tweets to Clinton's 3,940,000 followers make a powerful statement.
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