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Now, that the month of July is upon us, Ohio Valley Goodwill is gearing up for the upcoming celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On Monday, July 27th, the Greater Cincinnati community will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark legislation with an inaugural Disability Pride March beginning at 9:30 am at Cincinnati City Hall. The March will proceed to Fountain Square with the formal ADA 25 celebration program beginning at 10 am. As an “Inspiring People” sponsor and a member of the planning committee for the past year, Ohio Valley Goodwill team members will be prominently involved in all of the planned events of the day. Participants in the agency’s award-winning Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education (CARE) program will be proud marchers in the parade and will be front and center for all of the day’s activities on Fountain Square.
“As one of the long-time advocates for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, Goodwill is very pleased to be part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Sharon Hannon, Marketing Specialist. “As the organization approaches its own centennial event next year, Goodwill takes immense pride in the success of the men and women that have obtained employment in the Greater Cincinnati community in part thanks to the American with Disabilities Act,” added Hannon.
The ADA 25 celebration will include performances by the musical groups, Steel and Jon and Melodic Connections, award presentations to local businesses and advocacy organizations, an exhibitor fair with dozens of human service agencies as well as an essay contest and remarks from noted legislators including Mayor John Cranley and Master of Ceremonies, Senator Eric Kearney.
Signed into law by President George HW Bush on July 26th 1990, the ADA was the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.
The ADA Anniversary is a time that we can reflect positively on a law that has made a great impact on the lives of people with disabilities and our country as well as our city over the past 25 years. The theme for the ADA 25 Celebration is “Can Do” and showcases Cincinnati’s “Can Do” Spirit in the inclusion of people with disabilities in our community.
Please join us at City Hall on Monday, July 27th at 9:30 am for the ADA 25 inaugural Disability Pride March and at 10 am at Fountain Square for the ADA 25 “Can Do” Celebration. For more information, follow us at Facebook Page: Cincinnati ADA 25 Anniversary and Twitter @ #CanDo.