Richard Davis remembers what life was like before Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
“My first thought at a new job was, ‘Are you going to fire me?’” said Davis.
Some did. He was even deemed ineligible to attend college in those days, not for any academic reason, Davis said, but because the college told him they were not trained or equipped to treat a person in the midst of an epileptic seizure.
Today, Davis, 51, uses art to inform the general public about epilepsy. His paintings were awarded first second and third place at this year’s Florida State Fair.
Davis has had epilepsy since he was hit by a car at the age of 9.