The 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is Saturday, July 26. The ADA provides civil rights protections similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA also assures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.
To commemorate the anniversary of this landmark law, the Chattanooga Mayor’s Council on Disability and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be hosting an ADA Celebration on Friday, July 25 from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Waterhouse Pavilion/Miller Plaza. The event is free and open to the public.
Mayor Andy Berke and Miss Wheelchair Tennessee, Amanda Szidiropulosz, will attend the celebration of people and their abilities. Rita’s Italian Ice will be offering free samples and Amy Kerin from Chattanooga Adventurers with Assistance Dogs will be sharing resources and a demonstration. Sign language interpreters will be available throughout the day.
This event will celebrate the progress made towards equality for people with disabilities and is an opportunity for Chattanoogans to learn more about the organizations and services available to assist people with disabilities in the community. For questions, or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact 643-6706.