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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Commemorates ADA Anniversary

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-07-28 - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Commemorates The 20th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) - Mayor Newsom.

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Mayor Newsom Commemorates The 20 Th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Mayor Gavin Newsom commemorated the 20 th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in San Francisco City Hall with a day of community-building and celebration.

July 26 th marked the 20 th Anniversary of the signing of the ADA, the first of its kind legislation that ensures access to people with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, telecommunications and the civic arena. Among many of the celebrations taking place nationwide on this day, Mayor Newsom kicked off the San Francisco celebration, which featured video greetings from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and disability rights activist Judy Heumann, two-way blogging stations, an array of educational "micro-workshops," voter registration, and a disability-themed film festival at the San Francisco Main Library.

"It used to be that a disability meant that one could be excluded from every aspect of public life in our society," Mayor Newsom said. "With the passage of the ADA and its impact 20 years later, people with disabilities have struggled for full participation, a struggle that I applaud and support through our City's continued commitment to architectural accessibility and innovative programs that enable the disability community to grow stronger."

In just the last six years, San Francisco has made huge strides in disability access, in terms of voting rights, access to city facilities, disaster planning, public right of way, housing, and transportation, including:

  • Systematically inspecting and repairing sidewalks for the first time in the City's history
  • Improving curb ramps through the Ten Year Capital Plan and installing over 5,100 curb ramps
  • Ensuring that all City offices that provide services to the public are fully accessible
  • Enhancing San Francisco museums so they are fully accessible including the SFMOMA and the CA Academy of Sciences
  • Achieving the goal that 90% of community health clinics are fully accessible by the end of the year
  • Renovating or rebuilding 14 fully accessible branch public libraries with another nine under construction
  • Revitalizing 80 fully accessible Recreation and Park playgrounds throughout the City including 28 accessible club houses and 19 accessible recreation centers

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