Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary party will be Friday in St. Paul

A celebration will be held Friday to mark the 24th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Sponsored by many organizations that support people with disabilities, the free event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elmer L. Andersen Building (DHS Building), 540 Cedar St., St. Paul.

The ADA, passed in July, 1990, is the civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. It’s scope includes employment and requires accommodations in public transportation and public facilities.

Speakers and entertainers include:

  • Darlene Zangara, the new director of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan Implementation Office
  • Rose Hollermann, 2012 Paralympic Games participant
  • Leslye Orr, St. Paul writer and storyteller
  • Tony Wentersdorf and Mary Parker,  musicians

Light refreshments will be provided.

Sponsoring the event are:

  •  University of Minnesota Disability Services
  • ADA Minnesota
  • VSA Minnesota
  • Access Press
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service
  • Department of Human Services
  • State Services for the Blind
  • Minnesota State Council on Disability
  •  Disability Viewpoints
  • Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

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