Celebrating Disability Rights
This is a big weekend for the disability community! I’m sharing information I just received from disability advocate and longtime friend, Mark Johnson.
Saturday, July 26, is the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed in 1990 by President George HW Bush. The landmark civil rights legislation gives people with disabilities protections in employment, state and local government and public accommodations. Each year, the disability community marks the anniversary with celebrations of independence and community, and with action around issues that impact people with disabilities. Here is information about two national events happening under the backdrop of the Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary.
The ADA Legacy Tour, Friday, July 25, Houston, Texas: The ADA Legacy Tour will kick off at Abilities Expo Houston on July 25, 2014. The ADA Legacy Tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise public awareness about the ADA. It is produced by The ADA Legacy Project, Disability Rights Center, ADA National Network and the Museum of disABILITY History. The nationwide tour will culminate in Washington DC on July 26, 2015, 25 years after President George HW Bush signed the ADA into law. As a part of Abilities Expo, the ADA Legacy Tour will feature the ADA Bus, a four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, displays on the preservation of disability history, celebrations of disability history milestones, and efforts to educate future generations of disability advocates and more.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Tuesday, July 29, Washington, DC: Between Sunday, July 27, and Thursday, July 31 the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) will host its Annual Independent Living Conference. As part of the conference, on Tuesday, July 29, NCIL will organize a march, a rally, and Capitol Hill Visits in support of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities(Treaty). Community members outside of DC will organize local action events in support of the Treaty. Advocates will call on Senator Reid to call a floor vote, and will call on all Senators to vote in favor of ratification. The Treaty is critical to maintaining a U.S. leadership role on disability rights and to eliminating disability discrimination throughout the world. The Treaty has bipartisan support, including strong support and leadership from Senator Bob Dole and President George HW Bush.