More than 200 people representing 10+ organizations dedicated to serving the intellectual and developmental disability community gathered in Oneida on Thursday, July 25th to celebrate the accomplishments and progress of 29 years since then President George W Bush signed the Americans with Disability Act.
Self-advocates John Nelson and Esther Dygert shared personal stories of how life has been better because of changes made by enactment of the ADA. Representatives from ARISE, Inc., the ARC of Madison Cortland, and LIFEPlan CCO NY spoke on behalf of their organizations in support of ADA. Oneida Mayor Leo Matzke issued a proclamation designating July to be Disability Awareness Month in the city of Oneida.
The Sunshine Choir and Wind Dancers of Madison County Motivators, a performing arts organization for persons with disability, provided music and dance performances prior to a march around two blocks of Oneida to close the event.
Anyone interested in joining the 2020 ADA Celebration Committee, celebrating 30 years of ADA, can contact Nichole Hastings.