NORFOLK -- Wednesday was the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 1990. In Norfolk, local organizations reflected that it's helped fuel a revolutionary change in northeast Nebraska. 

"In Norfolk, we've noticed a huge change [in accessibility] within a short amount of time," said Sarah Potts, executive director of Mosaic in Norfolk. "We're on a very great path, whether it's wheelchair accessibility or sidewalks, but really those services are huge too." Mosaic staff noted they've grown and continue to develop thanks to ADA.

"Employers here in Norfolk -- and many other communities we're in -- have been very open to working with our individuals," said Community Relations Manager Traci Vauble.

Elsewhere in Norfolk, Northstar Services is similarly providing job and residential services to those with disabilities. 

"I could see how limited life could be for them and how much bigger it could be with the right support," Cheryl Montgomery, program specialist said. Montgomery saw her own relative go from being misunderstood as mute to holding a job, with the right resources. 

"Many years ago, people assumed those with disabilities had to live like children," Montgomery said. 

While things have improved, going forward, these experts said there's room for Nebraska to increase disability awareness.

First, by "Letting us providers provide those supports on an individual basis," said Elizabeth Milligan, sports supervisor. Or, for businesses to be more inclusive.

"How can we make this a welcoming environment? How can we -- have like [signs] for sign language?" Montgomery said. 

While Nebraskans in general can practice being comfortable with those who are different. 

"People need to see they contribute to society just like anyone else," said Milligan.