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Electric scooters are a convenient way to get around San Antonio, until you can't get around them.

As their popularity rises, so do concerns regarding safety and accessibility for people living with disabilities.

  

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 25 years ago as of last week. The bill was controversial and has its detractors, but the majority of people with disabilities believe the bill has improved their lives and access to opportunity. 

The ADA set out to achieve four major goals: Equality of Opportunity, Full Participation for the Disabled, Independent Living, and Economic Self-Sufficiency.

While significant progress has been made, their is a lot left to accomplish. 

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is considering whether the Americans With Disabilities Act requires police to take special precautions when trying to arrest armed and violent suspects who are mentally ill.

The justices hear arguments Monday in a dispute over how police in San Francisco dealt with a woman suffering from schizophrenia who had threatened to kill her social worker. Police forced their way into Teresa Sheehan’s room at a group home and then shot her five times after she came at them with a knife.