As the nation marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July, the DC Office of Human Rights, the DC Office of Disability Rights, the Equal Rights Center and Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities are coming together to host Enabling Our Futures, a community event on July 15th, 2010.
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. 2010 represents 20 years of the legislation’s existence and for two decades the ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by ensuring that they are treated as equal, productive citizens, free from discrimination, and extended opportunities to access education, achieve gainful employment, and fully and actively participate in the recreational, leisure, and social activities in their communities.
There are approximately 116,000 residents with disabilities serving and living in the community – roughly 20% of the population of the District of Columbia. The District has made significant gains in making sure that citizens with disabilities have the opportunity to access all the services, activities and programs offered by the DC government.
Please join the sponsors in recognizing the achievements and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the District of Columbia. Enabling Our Futures will take place on Thursday, July 15, from 4-6pm in the Old Council Chambers located at 441 4th Street, NW. The event is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call (202) 478-2412.