20 Years of Americans with Disabilities Act!

| Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

The San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability and the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco (ILRCSF) have launched an online campaign to gather support for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In order to gain the support of corporate sponsors we need to demonstrate that there are thousands of people with disabilities in every walk of life. We need to show large numbers in each of the three ways people can show their support which are:

Sign the statement of values at www.itsnormal.org: The statement is: “Disability is a natural part of the human condition. People with disabilities come from all walks of life, in all colors, sizes, genders and ages. Those of us living with disabilities bring something to the table whether it is a fresh perspective, political savviness, indomitable spirit, energizing presence, bold intellect, etc. We contribute to society BECAUSE of who we are. Human difference and diversity enriches community. Disability is not special, it’s just a part of life.”

A flyer for you to use to obtain the support of other organizations is available at: Its Normal Flyer

If you would like to add your organizations logo or to join the blog roll please contact Its Normal Event Administrator

If you use Twitter please follow @itsNormalADA at Twitter page: It’s Normal ADA
If you use Facebook become a fan of the page. It’s Normal: “Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the ADA” at Facebook page: It’s Normal ADA

We have also started a video competition “Reclaiming Normal” People are encouraged to submit a short video (less than 10 minutes) addressing the statement: “Disability is a NORMAL part of the world we live in.” For information about submissions, due dates and prizes go to: Video Contest Information

We need to have large numbers of people with and without disabilities involved in this campaign. Getting involved is easy. Let’s all join together and show the world how large this community is and that it is time we are members of every community.

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  1. Gali says:

    You are right Sandi, there is an incredible smtiga against the disabled, especially against the mentally ill. It is terribly unfortunate that this smtiga exists. There is little that can really be done. I mean the Americans with Disabilities Act basically lets you lie and say you don’t have a mental illness or whatever kind of disability you might have, at least that’s what I think the main benefit of the law is. For example I don’t say my disabilities publically on my web pages or anything. Once a lady called me on the phone and scolded me for this and I told her to review the ADA because it clearly lets me keep my medical status private. I’ve been in touch with President Obama and my Congressional representatives and my state authorities and local authorities advocating for the diabled and myself. I have an extensive education from University and I don’t back down I let them know exactly what I think on subjects they are making decisions about. Be bold, do not stand back and let yourself be trampled upon.