Spoiler alert: There’s a lot of crabbing in this post; skip to the end for a recipe for crab salad!

The last several months I’ve been working up to July, the 25th anniversary month for the Americans with Disabilities Act. I’ve arranged a library exhibit, civic declarations, a couple programs and written articles on what the ADA has done for the 19% of us who have disabilities. Now it’s time to sit back and celebrate, I naively thought. It turns out we’re not in the Promised Land yet!

1. Lots of lobbying nets limited results: my county declared July “Disability Awareness month.” New York City declared it “Disability Pride month.” Which would you rather have?

2. I announced local celebrations and handed out a card at a book club I’m a founding member of. I left the meeting ten minutes early and they pick an inaccessible book for the next read.

3. Accessibility is a problem in the celebrating: disability.gov has a photo project to celebrate; WI Libraries for All has an inaccessible link in the email to the blog about celebrating. It turns out the photo project also has stories and I could get to the blog using a different link, but even the celebrating involves work-arounds and reframes.

4. I am not alone in noticing limited success but still trying. Read Sarah Blahovec’s excellent piece in the July 6 Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-blahovec/we-need-your-help-signed-a-disability-activist_b_7512748.html. They’re even starting a disability news page, she says!

As my new favorite quote says: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts

Now here’s that recipe for crab salad. I only had to skip one inaccessible recipe from Kraft in the Google search to get to this one from allrecipes.com.

Ingredients:
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
12 ounces imitation crab meat
1 cup mayonnaise

Directions: In a medium skillet, saute the green pepper and onion in the butter for 3 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Stir in imitation crab meat, and saute for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and put mixture into a medium bowl. Stir in mayonnaise. May be served warm or cold.

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