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Thomas Edward Perez

In 25 years, ADA broke down barriers for the disabled, but the workplace is the next frontier

In 25 years, ADA broke down barriers for the disabled, but the workplace is the next frontier

In elementary school, Erik Anders was told he would never be able to hold down a job or live on his own. "I was told I would never be able to live like a normal person," said Anders, 28, who has Asperger's syndrome and now works for a Rosedale-based window maker and rents his own apartment in Bel Air. "I was able to prove some people wrong. … I'm independent, and a lot of people with disabilities can work on their own." The employee of Acadia Windows and Doors, who installs glass in window sashes and operates machinery, finds himself in the minority as a person with a disability. Only 17 percent of those with disabilities were employed last year;...

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