Monday July 26 marks a historic day for people with disabilities. 20 years ago, on June 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. This ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (i.e. working, talking, hearing, seeing, caring for one’s self), having a record of such impairment, or being regarded by others have having an impairment such as individuals with severe facial scarring.
The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees equal opportunities for individuals who have a disability and promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities into every aspect of society. The ADA protection applies to the areas of employment, state and local government services, public transportation, privately-operated transportation available to the public, places of public accommodation and telephone services offered to the public. All over the United States, people will be celebrating the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in different ways.
In Ohio, the Rehabilitation Services Commission is the state agency which partners Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. There are agencies within the RSC which handle Social Security, rehabilitation services, and services for the visually impaired. The RSC is one of the chief sponsors of ADA celebrations in Ohio. There will be events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Euclid, Youngstown, and Dayton. Here is a sampling of the ADA 20th anniversary events in Ohio:
When: July 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Ohio Statehouse (Capitol St), Columbus
What: Hear from elected officials, see the beautiful ADA mural and photo projects by Ohioans with disabilities, enjoy live entertainment and learn more about services when you visit information displays and booths.
Sponsored by: Mid-Ohio Board for Independent Living Environment and Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission
When: July 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (11:30 a.m. program) Where: Fountain Square (Fifth Vine Sts.), Cincinnati
What: Celebrate accessibility for all and the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Sponsored by: Center for Independent Living Options
When: July 26, noon – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Mall A in downtown Cleveland
What: Festivities and speakers include Mayor Jackson, ADA Anthem, St. Augustine Deaf Choir, 20th Anniversary commemorative poem (premier reading), balloon launch and color guard.
Sponsored by: Linking Employment, Abilities Potential and community partners.
When: July 26th and 27th, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Access Center for Independent Living
901 S. Ludlow St
Dayton OH 45402
What: Community Living Expo, Learn about a variety of assistive devices and community resources that help you or someone you know remain independent at home. Vendors will display and explain accessibility equipment and during the expo there will be group learning opportunities on topics such as: Disability Rights and Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, HIPAA and ARRA, Transition to Work, and many more. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and learn ways that people with disabilities can stay independent and active in their communities.
Sponsored by: Access Center for Independent Living
If you attend any of these events, please take pictures and post them on our Facebook page. We would love to see people in the community celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We want to make things easier for all people with disabilities, whether it is home modifications, seating, or lowered floor conversions. Please contact one of our Mobility Specialists if you have any questions about a product or service we provide.