July 26, 2015 Marks the 25th Anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) is celebrating the occasion with an event at Camden Yards on Sunday, July 26. The public is invited to join in marking this historic occasion through a celebration of the progress made in the past twenty-five years and a look to the future which includes full recognition, appreciation, and utilization of the diverse talents of all Marylanders.
The ADA was a landmark piece of legislation signed by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It was an enormous advancement for the disability rights movement ensuring equal community access for those with disabilities to include employment, communication, and transportation usage.
MDOD’s celebration is meant to honor the true meaning of inclusion bringing local advocates, families, service providers, and elected officials together to mark the occasion. The event is free and open to the public. The celebration is fully accessible for all wishing to attend. The festivities will consist of an outdoor Community Resource Fair open to all with no registration required. The fair will feature many exciting highlights including:
Assistive technology demonstrations
Jazz music by local advocate and artist, Joana Weaver
Wheelchair fitness class with the Sunshine HELP group
Dance exhibition with the Step 2 It dance group
Adaptive lacrosse presentation
Selfie station and social media display
Picture opportunity with the ADA Legacy Bus
Kids Zone with face painting and sensory play
Cool refreshments provided by Kona Ice
Meet Gardenia, the service dog
Immediately following the Community Resource Fair, MDOD will host a reception in the Camden Yards Banquet Room. The reception is free, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register go to www.mdod.maryland.gov
*Update: Registration for the reception is closed, but you may register for the waiting list.