July 21, 2022 By CDHD July 29: 32nd annual ADA celebration This July marks 32 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. Join the Disability Action Center NW at a FREE family event to celebrate ADA 32! When: July 29, 10 am-2 pm Where: McEuen Park, Coeur d’Alene A free lunch will be provided by the Pita Pit. There will also be hot dogs, chips, cake and sno cones. Attendees can enjoy music, face painting, button making and more family-friendly fun. There will also be a vendor resource fair, including a table hosted by the Idaho Assistive Technology Project. You are also invited to learn about the differences and similarities between Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs and Emotional Support Animals. Families are encouraged to bring your furry friend too, with free pet portraits available. Join in on the fun! It’s the perfect time to celebrate the wins and continue to work together to build a more inclusive Idaho. ADA quick facts The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George HW Bush. It was the culmination of a hard-fought battle by thousands of people and advocates within the disability community who campaigned tirelessly over decades. On March 13, 1990, over 1000 people marched from the White House to the US Capitol to push congress to pass the ADA. Upon reaching the Capitol, around 60 people with disabilities threw aside their mobility aids and crawled up the steps as a physical demonstration of the importance of passing the ADA. This event became known as the Capitol Crawl. Along with crucial protections around employment, equal service, public accommodations and telecommunication, the ADA includes comprehensive and periodically updated accessibility standards for nearly every type of building and facility. The ADA was amended in 2008 to help strengthen the inclusion of the definition of disability and who is covered by the law.