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Picnic in Niagara Falls to celebrate two legal milestones for citizens with disabilities


Sat, Jun 18th 2016 11:25 am

The Cataract City's consumer-run human service and advocacy agency for people with disabilities, Independent Living of Niagara County, will hold a "Disability Pride Niagara Olmstead Celebration" June 22 at the Centennial Shelter at Hyde Park in Niagara Falls.

That date was selected, as it is the 17th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision "that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."

This determination has helped many citizens escape needless institutionalization, as it requires public agencies to provide services "in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities."

In celebration of Olmstead and the ADA, the 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. event includes free food, fun and games, provided by ILNC, and an assistive technology fair to let attendees learn about devices that can improve their quality of life.

To ensure organizers have enough, attendees are asked to RSVP to 716-284-4131, ext. 200.

Independent Living of Niagara County is a member of the Western New York Independent Living Inc. family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

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