‘Like That, the World Changed for Me’

Marca Bristo is as familiar as anyone with the Americans With Disabilities Act. She helped write it.

Paralyzed from the chest down after a 1977 diving accident, she’s also among millions profoundly affected by the legislation.

“The law for the first time enshrined in federal law that disability is a normal part of the human condition,” she says, “and the world needed to change.”

Bristo, who uses wheelchair, is co-founder, president and CEO of Access Living, a Chicago-based advocacy group for people with disabilities. She’s a trustee with Rush University Medical Center and a graduate of the Rush University College of Nursing.

She discusses the ADA’s impact in this video, the first in a series featuring Rush leaders, students and staff members talking about the ADA and about living with a disability.

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