This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, otherwise known as the bill of rights for people living with physical or mental challenges. There's no doubt we've come a long way as a country and a state, but what obstacles are there still to overcome?  New Mexico In Focus correspondent, Elaine Baumgartel, goes in search of answers with help from experts and people who cope with disabilities every day.

KNME's one hour pub­lic affairs show New Mex­ico in Focus airs Fri­days at 7 p.m. and Sun­days at 6:30 a.m. on KNME, Chan­nel 5.1. The show can also be seen on KNME's Dig­i­tal Chan­nel 9.1 on Sat­ur­days at 5 p.m.

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  • Reaction To The Court Ruling On Arizona's Controversial Immigration Bill And Its Potential Impact Here In New Mexico


 Guests:
*Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Instructor of Philosophy and Religion, Gallaudet University
*Leslie A. Donovan, Professor, University Honors Program, UNM
*Anthony Cahill, Division Director, Center for Development and Disability, UNM; Chair of the New Mexico Governor's Commission on Disability

 Panelists:
* Sophie Martin, Managing Editor, DukeCityFix.com
* Laura E. Sanchez, Former Executive Director, New Mexico
* Jim Scarantino, Editor, New Mexico Watchdog

 Guests Panelist:
*Jane Blume, Owner/Principal, Desert Sky Communications

 NMIF Correspondent:
*Elaine Baumgartel, Morning Edition Host, KUNM Radio

Host/Commentator: 
*Gene Grant, Weekly Alibi Columnist

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"New Mexico in Focus" is produced by Kevin McDonald and Kathy Wimmer and closed captioning has been made possible by a gift from Mrs. Elspeth G. Bobbs.

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