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Disability Pride Celebration to recognize signing of Americans with Disabilities Act

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Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:30 pm

Western New York Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL) and several other disability services providers will host the annual Disability Pride Celebration, a weeklong virtual series of activities from July 26-30, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

July 26, 1990 was the day ADA was signed into law by then President George Herbert Walker Bush. Discrimination against people with disabilities became illegal.

Highlights of the week will include: the history of the disability rights movement, features on disability rights today, youth with disabilities-focused content, as well as entertainment. Activities will be featured on the Disability Pride Facebook page, www.facebook.com/disabilitypridewny, as well as WNYIL’s YouTube page, https://www.youtube.com/user/WNYIL.

Sponsors of the event include: The Independent Consumer Advocate Network (ICAN), National Grid, Independent Health and People Inc. Other community partners include the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, Deaf Access Services, People Inc., the Cantalician Center for Learning, and WNY Adaptive Water Sports.

The Western New York Independent Living, Inc. Family of Agencies offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

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