"It was a long time coming, and a long way to go, but be a part of it! Twenty years is something to get out and celebrate. Happy birthday, ADA!"
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed July 26, 1990 at a signing ceremony at the White House.
This giant leap for American people with disabilities is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.
This month, The White House announced a 20-year celebration of the signing of the act, where Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to President Obama, said:
"The ADA was a landmark civil rights legislation. It was a bill of rights for persons with disabilities, a formal acknowledgment that Americans with disabilities are Americans first and that they're entitled to the same rights and freedoms as everybody else."
That giant leap is worth celebrating! And you can be a part of it!
If you have something to say, blog it at www.disability.gov The site was set up a in April to count down 100 days to July 26, 2010 so people with disabilities can tell their story or a personal perspective on how their life has been touched by the ADA. New topics are welcomed. Perhaps you want to blog about the latest disability-related news, information or trends. This is the place.
Cities across the country are celebrating the event during the end of July. Check and see if a party or festival near you is scheduled at www.itsnormal.org
People with disabilities are also encouraged to plan or attend an ADA party. If you know of an event happening in your neighborhood, town, city or region, post it at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread the word. Write editorials and op-eds for your newspapers; blog, tweet, and post on your social networks. Talk with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about the ADA, what it has meant, and what it still can mean in the years to come.
It was a long time coming, and a long way to go, but be a part of it! Twenty years is something to get out and celebrate. Happy birthday, ADA!
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