The Americans with Disabilities Act is an excellent piece of legislation. Not only does it make modern life and conveniences much more acccesible to the handicapped among us, it also has the added effect of making life easier for all of us. For example,
Public restrooms: In building built in the last 15 years, bathrooms are much larger, have more stalls, more sinks, etc. The large handicapped stalls are especially nice for people of my size. Sometimes I can't close the door on old stalls unless I back up and stadle the toilet.
Door openings. It is easier to gain access to buildings now. Thought investment in layout allows better flow of traffic. Wider hallways make passage easier and much safer in an emergency.
I never used to use the bathroom in public. Now the bathrooms are very well maintained and outfitted.
I find it interesting that the building I work in, Davidson Hall on Coker College's campus, has no elevator in it, yet the upstairs bathroom is wheelchair accesible.