20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Celebration at City Hall, July 26th!

Join the LightHouse, the San Francisco Independent Living Resource Center, the Mayor’s Office on Disability and other members of the local disability community  for the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Where: San Francisco City Hall, July 26th. 12 – 3 p.m.

What: “It’s Normal: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the ADA”

  • Speeches by Judy Heumann, Tom Ammiano and other disability rights leaders
  • The Disability Pride Quilt will be on display – contribute a square!
  • Two-way blogging/tweeting stations
  • Voter registration
  • Disability history and culture micro-workshops
  • Video contest results
  • Awards from the Mayor’s Office on Disability
  • Light refreshments
  • Superfest film screening to follow immediately afterward, across the street from City Hall at the Main Library Branch, 3 p.m.

How: San Francisco City Hall is wheelchair accessible. Real-time captioning, sign language interpreters and assistive listening devices will be provided. To request other accommodations for a disability, please contact Mabel Martinez at the Mayor’s Office on Disability: 415 554-6789 (voice), 554-6799 (TTY) or MOD@sfgov.org. Providing at least 72 hours advance notice will help to ensure availability.

About the Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA was signed into law in 1990. This legislation extends civil rights laws that protect people of different races, genders and religious affiliations to include persons with disabilities. Thanks to the ADA, job and housing discrimination on the basis of disability is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Curb ramps, talking ATMs and large print/Braille formats from federal offices such as the Social Security Administration are examples of commonplace accommodations that have come about as a result of the ADA. There is still much work to be done; greater national awareness is needed for the ADA to really achieve its promise. Visit www.itsnormal.org to find out how you can be involved in raising awareness around the significance of the ADA.