Every year, Disability Advocates of Kent County (DAKC) marks the Americans with Disabilities Act with an event intended to celebrate the groundbreaking law passed in 1990, and educate about what still needs to be done to create equity for those with disabilities.
Attendees learn about the history of the ADA.
This year, more than 200 attendees joined DAKC at its Celebration of the ADA
on July 26. Originally scheduled for outdoors, rainy weather brought the daylong event indoors at the Special Olympics Inclusion Center in Byron Center, where DAKC is located.
DAKC organized the Celebration of the ADA to educate attendees about disability rights.
The free event included Arts in Motion dancers, music by the band K-Rock, and family-friendly activities. There was a passport activity with 10 checkpoints to educate attendees about the disability civil rights movement, including the Rehabilitation Act and Section 504, the Capitol Crawl protest, and the signing of the ADA.
More than 200 attendees joined Disability Advocates of Kent County (DAKC) at its Celebration of the ADA on July 26.
Much left to do
“Each year in July, we celebrate how far we have come since the passage of the ADA and remember how much we have yet to do,” says Peggy Helsel, DAKC development director.
Attendees learn about the disability civil rights movement.
This year, DAKC worked to include more community partners, adds Ashley Kadwell, DAKC’s new events and administrative assistant.
The free event included Arts in Motion dancers, music by the band K-Rock, and family-friendly activities.
Kadwell says the goal of the event is to educate and advocate for more progress when it comes to inclusion, accessibility, universal design, engineering, and transportation.
The free event included Arts in Motion dancers.
“The important thing is to discuss these issues and educate the community. The mission of the ADA celebration was to celebrate the incredible achievements of our disability rights leaders and where we are today with these rights, but to educate and advocate for change — a better future,” she says.
Attendees learn about the history of the passage of the ADA in 1990.
This article is a part of the multi-year series Disability Inclusion, exploring the state of West Michigan’s growing disability community. The series is made possible through a partnership with Centers for Independent Living organizations across West Michigan.
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