Ohio Valley Goodwill was proud to be an Inspiring People sponsor for the 25th anniversary celebration of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) in downtown Cincinnati on 7/27.
The organizations‘ Care program participants were especially glad to be part of the first ever disability pride march, which started at Cincinnati City Hall with a word from Mayor John Cranley, and ended at the celebration at Fountain Square. Other participants in the march included Cincinnati Council member Kevin Flynn and Civil Rights Hall of Famer Robert Harris.
The event at Fountain Square kicked off some words from Kevin Flynn, followed by music by Steel’n Jon.
Alice Pavey and James Harley from Hamilton County DD Services spoke, along with Metro CEO Dwight Ferrell and Goodwill’s own Public Information Officer Michael Flannery.
Former State Sentator Eric Kearney addressed the crowd, presented an ADA cake and sang Happy Birthday along with Steel’n Jon.
Melodic Connections performed a few songs before Miss Wheelchair Ohio came on stage to talk about what the ADA has meant to her.
Then the award winners were recognized; Deanna Lewis, Hyatt Regency, Homebuilders Association of Greater Cincinnati, PWC, and Hamilton County DD Services Advocacy Team were all honored. Congratulations to all for your hard work!
Finally, Eric Kearney closed out the event by reading a proclamation from Hamilton County, and calling all to take action to help the ADA get stronger and better.
Ohio Valley Goodwill wishes to thank the partners who helped plan the event and especially those who attended and helped showed Cincinnati their disability pride!