FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 072116
Community Invited to Celebrate 26th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
The community is invited to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), during free festivities on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, at the Long Beach Main Library Auditorium (lower level), 101 Pacific Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD).
“The City of Long Beach is committed to ensuring that all residents can live their lives to the fullest,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Social and physical barriers that prevent people from living the lives they want must be removed.”
The theme of the event is “Get Out and Live Long Beach.” There will be accessible activities and videos: “A Brief History of Disability in America” and “A Brief History of Independent Living Movement.”
Agencies that work with people with disabilities will be at the event, including Long Beach Public Library’s Information Center for People with Disabilities; VA Long Beach Healthcare System; Ability First; Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center; Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation; Long Beach Transit; Disabled Resources Center; and the Long Beach City Clerk’s Office.
The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life – to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in state and local government programs and services.
The City of Long Beach provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, or to request a special accommodation, please call Katherine Bussi at 562.570.6803.