Office Of Multicultural Affairs Hosts Event Celebrating Americans With Disabilities Act

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs invites people of all abilities to its celebration event recognizing July 26, as the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This free event will take place at the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  The ADA Anniversary Celebration will feature music by the Orange Grove Chorus, art displays by Signal Centers and AIM Center, sign singers coordinated by Tennessee Temple, adaptive equipment displays and service/assistance animals.  It will also feature Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2012, Jean-Marie Lawrence, a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The event is  open to the public. American Sign Language Interpreters will be on site.

The ADA  guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services and telecommunications.  According to the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS), Hamilton County reported 14.6 percent of people with a disability.

The OMA, which administers the Mayor’s Council on Disability, works to assist the disabled community in understanding their civil rights under the ADA, having equal access to housing, employment and other major life activities, and filing discrimination complaints when their rights have been violated.

For information about the ADA Anniversary Celebration or to make a reasonable accommodation request, call the OMA at 423 643-6706 or email oma@chattanoooga.gov.

 


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