Angela Gadson of Springfield is deaf. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, her rights are protected. But despite the 25-year-old legislation that prohibits discrimination, she still faces hurdles every day — paying her bills, obtaining food stamps so she can eat, even conveying what’s wrong at the doctor’s office.

“Life is not easy. It can be challenging at times. I have my struggles. It can be very frustrating too. Sometimes I arrive somewhere and there’s no interpreter there,” she said.

Angela was part of a group rallying in Springfield Tuesday for equal access at places like the Department of Housing and Community Development Office. Deaf customers say they miss their turns in line because they can’t hear when their name or number is called. They told 22News it sometimes takes a couple hours for the office to locate an interpreter.

“It’s especially upsetting that 25 years after the passing of the ADA, people with disabilities and people who are deaf and hard of hearing are still advocating for the same services,” said Jennifer Lee, a Stavros system advocate.

The group said their rally goes beyond issues at this one office; they’re striving for more awareness in every public place. Angela said she doesn’t want more than anyone else; simply the same.

“Don’t look down at us. Let’s look up at each other and all be on equal ground,” Gadson added.

The White House released a fact sheet about new initiatives that aim to expand opportunities for people living with disabilities during this anniversary month.