ADA 25th Anniversary

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, various communities across the United States hosted events to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Cleveland, Mayor Frank G. Jackson gave brief remarks and presented a proclamation in recognition of this milestone at a free event held at Wade Oval in University Circle.

The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. This law was enacted in 1990 to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. The ADA puts the necessary protections and requirements into law so that all persons can have equal access to the same opportunities, services and spaces as anyone else. This Act helps to remove barriers, empower people with disabilities and bring awareness to accessibility and equal access, which touches all of our lives.

Various sponsors and vendors also participated in this year’s awareness celebration. In addition, attendees enjoyed musical performances and live entertainment along with other fun-filled and exciting activities, which included informational resources about available program and services to assist residents in the Greater Cleveland area.

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