20 Years of ADA Video Features Brooklyn Heights’ T.K. Small

The Center for Independence of the Disabled – New York has produced a video discussing the 20 anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  BHB contributor/ Brooklyn Heights resident/ super-attorney T.K. Small is one of those interviewed.  We also get a peek inside T.K.’s radio show where we get to see him “rocking the mic”. Listen to the Largest Minority here.

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  • AEB

    Very excellent, T. K., and all others in the vid!

    And, for me, genuinely enlightening. Thank you.

  • Heather Quinlan

    Go TK!!!! Amazing.

  • lifer

    cool video, bravo!

  • Matthew Parker

    Good video, and Happy Birthday ADA.

    I was fortunate to work at the EEOC in Washington for a few years and came into contact with some amazing disability rights advocates and bureaucrats. It was a pleasure to work with them.

    Disability is the one minority group that anyone or anyone’s family member can join at any time. The ADA was a major leap forward for Civil Rights in the USA. One of the few real accomplishments of the H.W. Bush administration.

  • T.K. Small

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. The video team at CIDNY did a great job of putting this project together. I am honored that they asked me to be interviewed.

    A few years back I wrote H.W. Bush a direct letter asking him to comment on his signing of the ADA. He responded personally with a gracious letter and said that it was one of the things that he was most proud of to be associated. The letter is somewhere in my filing cabinet which is somewhat disorganized. When I find it, I will either scan it or transcribed the text for anyone interested.

  • nabeguy

    An incredible video T.K. and thank you Homer for posting it. The ADA was indeed a momentous and life-altering act of legislation for thousands of our fellow citizens. While there may still be a ways to go towards accomplishing all of its goals, the existing foundation is a good and strong one to build on.

  • Ben

    I am disabled and T. K. has been an example to me, and an inspiration, and a resource for information for a long time.

    This guy gets around.

    About 9 years ago I was in Albany at the Legislative Office Building lobbying with a group from St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in a snowstorm. And who do I run into but my neighbor from Brooklyn Heights, T. K. Small. The group I was with, my collegues at St. Mary’s were impressed by the people I know and they were really impressed to meet T. K. I was proud to know him.

    Keep going T. K.

  • T.K. Small

    Was? To quote the guy from Monty Python, “I’m not dead yet”.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    T.K., you are awesome.

  • Dean

    Brooklyn Law School grads rock! Go T.K.!

  • T.K. Small

    @Dean, what year did you graduate?

    @Karl, until I make a cameo in one of your fine productions I will remain a failure.

  • Obama?

    Excellent work by T.K. & others!

    (Why do good people so often need to battle government for commonsense things like curb cuts?)

  • nabeguy

    T.K. perhaps you can shed some light on something I heard a few years ago, namely that one of the loudest and most adamant advocates of curb cuts in the Heights were the Jehovah Witnesses. Fact or propaganda?

  • T.K. Small

    Thank you Obama?

    Nabeguy: I have not heard about this rumor. I would say that in the north part of the Heights the sidewalks and curbs cuts are generally pretty good near the Witnesses properties . However, when they took over the Bossert they replaced the sidewalk but did not install a curb cut on the Remsen corner. I asked them about it while they were still working with wet cement. They were able to avoid putting in the curb cut under a technicality. Since they did not remove the metal edging at the corner, DOT does not consider it substantial enough to trigger the curb cut rules. I will see if I can dig up something more specific.