Jul 8, 2020

Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA

A graphic with a blue background over a picture of a person with a disability who has their hands raised. The text says Cincinnati Disability Pride 2020, Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), one of the most important and wide-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history. The ADA is meant to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens, regardless of their disability status. 

HCDDS joined with several local partners to hold a virtual celebration of Disability Pride in Cincinnati and celebrate this milestone anniversary. Our celebration kicked off July 1 with a proclamation from the city of Cincinnati declaring July 26, 2020 as "Americans with Disabilities Act Recommitment Day.”

Councilman David Mann read the proclamation, which says: “We must do our part to ensure our nation’s promise is within reach of all Cincinnati’s constituents and communities to bring forth the promise of hope and freedom that is envisioned by the passage of the ADA, so that every person receives equal access, equal opportunity and the equal respect they deserve.”   

Throughout July, we will be celebrating Disability Pride in Cincinnati with:
  • A panel discussion on July 16 with local leaders moderated by Kevin Flynn, disability rights advocate and former Cincinnati City Councilman
  • Honk-and-waves around the city to increase public awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act and show how people with disabilities are a vital part of our community
  • An awards ceremony honoring local organizations as ADA Champions for their commitment to accessibility and inclusion in our community
We initially planned to hold a Disability Pride March and celebration in Washington Park but decided an in-person gathering was not safe at this time. All are encouraged to join the virtual celebration and share their stories by using #CincyADA30 or #DIsabilityPrideCincy on social media.

More information available on the Disability Pride 2020 Facebook event or online at hamiltondds.org/ada30.

The Cincinnati ADA 30th Anniversary Committee includes representatives from the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati, the Center for Independent Living Options, the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, Cincinnati Metro, and the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Learn more about each sponsor organization here.
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