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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Hear from members of the disability employee resource group (ERG) at Discover as they reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Kelly Madison
Director, Credit Operations

Being the mother to a child with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives me hope. Hope for inclusion for my child to participate in activities with her peers. Hope that one day she could lead an independent life. Hope that she’ll thrive in a world where she’s able to show up as her whole self. I’m honored to work with the disability employee resource group (ERG) at Discover to help ensure that all our employees with disabilities, customers  with disabilities and employee caregivers can reach their full potential.

Chaitanya Manchanda
Lead Cybersecurity Analyst

As an individual with hearing loss since childhood, the ADA is a ray of hope for me to grow and prosper. I grew up in a country where accessibility legislature, like the ADA, didn’t exist. Because of my experiences growing up, I have a unique perspective on the importance of the ADA. For example, being independent in an ever-challenging world would not have been possible without the ADA. I wouldn’t have a job, be able to communicate with people or travel the world on my own. Companies wouldn’t be required to pay me equally, compared to those without a disability.

My unique experiences make me stronger with each passing day. My hearing loss is my identity and my strength. The ADA empowers me to be a leader in my own right and gives me an opportunity to make accessibility a top priority. As a proud Discover employee and disability ERG leader, I look forward to driving change and creating an inclusive workplace where employees thrive and truly feel that they belong.

 

Jessica Hubert
Lead Executive Compensation Consultant

As a mother of a school-age child with Down syndrome, the ADA brings me comfort. I know that my daughter has the right to the same education and experiences as her typically developing sisters. The ADA gives her an opportunity to thrive, not only within the school walls, but within our society to develop critical relationships and independence.