Prof. of English Ann Fox studies the representation of disabled people in art, literature and culture. Despite a continual current of "abelism" in society (discrimination against the disabled), she contends that the public more and more is coming to recognize that "disability rights are in all our interest. We all live in changeable bodies, and will all become disabled if we live long enough." Fox credits the positive change in attitude to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and celebrates its 25th anniversary in an op-ed essay for the Charlotte Observer. It concludes, "The legislation insists that we acknowledge disabled people as fellow citizens who have the same rights as nondisabled people to access employment, transportation, housing and accommodations."