Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy 20th Anniversary to ADA!

Today, July 26, 1990 is the 20th anniversary of the Civil Rights Law the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This Act was signed into law by President George Bush in 1990.  It signified the indenpendence day for the millions of disabled Americans.  Join us to celebrate all day at the different functions throught Dallas and Plano Texas.

In Washington, DC my friend and colleague Kristi Thomas attended the first of the ADA Celebrations last night to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was hosted by AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities)

This is what she told me:
“ There were over 1300 people there, many of whom are disabled. They had some VERY powerful speakers say some VERY powerful things and then the party began!
They had a band called "Flame" which is made of up 11 people with disabilities ... all talented artists. They played mostly classic rock and we watched people with varying disabilities out on the dance floor celebrating their independence.
That's what the ADA is for them, you know ... independence. When I stood on the White House lawn 20 years ago at the signing of the ADA ... it was a declaration of independence for an incredible group of often forgotten people.”

On July 26, 1990 the disabled community won a huge victory in their fight for autonomy and independence. For many years people that were disabled could not find gainful employment, shop by themselves, enter government buildings or even go to parks. Today we celebrate this Victory.  If you have any questions, call me at 214-403-8714

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