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    Happy ADA Day!

    On this day, 22 years ago (1990), the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. The ADA is, essentially,civil rights law for people with all kinds of disabilities. The intent of the ADA is to eliminate discrimination and barriers (societal, physical, economic). It has brought about great improvements in the last couple decades, but we still have so far to go. Challenges with enforcement, financial feasibility, and basic public knowledge are very common. It is expensive to make businesses accessible. Parents do not always know the rights their leaning disabled kids have to various school accommodation. It does not occur to many folks that cities like San Francisco are becoming almost totally exclusionary to people with disabilities because of the high rents. These are just some examples of the ADA's challenges.

    By celebrating the ADA anniversary, we can raise public awareness and support for the rights of the disability community.

    To find out how the ADA applies to many areas--such as employment, housing, parks and recreation and more--visit http://www.ada.gov/pubs/ada.htmTo read the official ADA text, go to http://www.ada.gov/pubs/ada.htm

    ILRCSF is celebrating this day with San Francisco veterans at an event called Veterans Telling Their Stories. Many vets have injuries or conditions related to their military service and thus, they share strong ties with the disability community.

    Join ILRCSF and the vets for a literary reading, art show and refreshments at 5pm. See details here: http://www.itsnormal.org/2012/07/the-ada-celebration-on-july26-veterans.html

    Posted by Amber @ ILRCSF

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