Chattanooga's Mayor's Council On Disability To Host ADA Anniversary Celebration On July 26

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Mayor’s Council on Disability will host a free event on Friday, July 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza celebrating the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This legislation, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, provided civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age and religion.  Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, CARTA, Carrabba’s and the Big Chill, this celebration event will include special performances, community resources and outreach opportunities. 
 
“Nearly 37 million people in our country have a disability and almost 25 percent of today’s 20 year-olds will experience disability in their lifetime.

At the Office of Multicultural Affairs we are proud to host the Mayor’s Council on Disability and this important annual event celebrating our community’s commitment to equal opportunities in Chattanooga for citizens of all abilities,” said Karen McReynolds, administrator of the City’s OMA. 
 
Sign language interpreters will be available and additional event information can be found on the Council’s Facebook page. The Mayor’s Council on Disability is an advisory group of citizens with a mission to "provide direction and guidance to the Mayor and Chattanooga City Council by proposing policies, programs, practices and procedures that give equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, empowering them to achieve inclusion and integration in all aspects of society." Spaces are available for vendors, partners and exhibitors. Contact Jennifer Crutchfield at jcrutchfield@wtciTV.org for reservations and information. 
 
"Members of the Mayor’s Council work to support economic self-sufficiency, independent living and inclusion and integration for all individuals with disabilities in Chattanooga," officials said.

Council Chairman Jennifer Crutchfield said, “As we celebrate the 29th anniversary of this impactful civil rights law, we will also come together to honor the life of Jill Hindman. Guests are invited to share their memories of her lifelong commitment to community and equality.”

Additional information on the Council and a list of local and regional resources supporting people and families with disabilities may be found online.


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