This week marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law had a profound effect on the way people with disabilities are treated in the workplace, at school, and in our communities. And recently, Rhode Island settled a complaint that it violated the law by segregating and underpaying developmentally disabled workers.
To learn more about how the state is reforming services for the disabled, Tony Antosh, who leads the Paul V. Sherlock center on disabilities at Rhode Island College, joins us in the studio.Rhode Island College's Tony Antosh, head of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, talks about what's changed for people with developmental disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 25 years ago, how Rhode Island is complying with a Justice Dept. order to stop segregating and underpaying developmentally disabled workers, and what families with developmentally disabled children and adults need most to help them thrive.