July 23 Marks 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

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By Diane DiTullio Agostino.

The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates 25 years of removing barriers and empowering people. I would like to remind Milton neighbors that the Milton Commission on Disability is available to help any Milton residents with their personal needs.

From wheelchair accessibility for uneven walkways and broken handicap buttons to any other disabilty as defined by the ADA as below:

“An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.”

July 23 Marks 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 23, 2015 from 10am – 12:30pm (Eastern Time), the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Access Board will present “A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act” available as a live stream broadcast on ADA.gov.

Speakers will include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Vanita Gupta, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, Senator Bob Dole, Senator Tom Harkin, and Representative Steny Hoyer.

NPR’s Joe Shapiro will moderate a panel of people with disabilities, who have seen their lives changed because of enforcement actions that the Justice Department and the EEOC have taken to ensure that the civil rights of people with disabilities are upheld.  In addition, Bob Williams will read “Doing Justice,” a poem he wrote for this event.

The live stream broadcast on ADA.gov will include captions and audio description.  To access the event on July 23rd, go to the link to the broadcast.

A re-broadcast will be available starting on July 25th, also at ADA.gov.

For more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act visit ADA.gov, or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383(TTY).


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