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20th Anniversary Celebration of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

When Jul 26, 2010
from 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM
Where Winneshiek County Courthouse
Contact Name Jan Heikes
Contact Phone 563-387-4144
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A public celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be held at 10 a.m. Monday July 26 in front of the Winneshiek County Courthouse. The event will feature several inspiring speakers introduced by Master of Ceremonies Jim Dale. Attendees will be served free carrot cake in honor of the ADA’s birthday. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the small courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse; outdoor and indoor locations are both wheelchair accessible.


Speakers include State Representative John Beard, State Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s Regional Director Valerie Nehl, Dubuque Assistant to U.S. Senator Tom Harkin Linda Lucy, Decorah Mayor Don Arendt, and Community Advocate Alice Holdiman.


On July 26, 1990, President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. The legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination. The ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers, changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life. However, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if public entities remain committed in their efforts to fully implement the ADA.


On the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the community is invited to celebrate and recognize the progress that has been made under the ADA by reaffirming the principles of equality and inclusion and recommitting our community-wide efforts to reach full ADA compliance.


For more information about the July 26th celebration, contact Jan Heikes at Winneshiek County CPC: 563-387-4144.