July 26, 2010: With a piper piping and a giant puppet that uses a wheelchair, 400 people of all abilities joined ARISE and area service agencies to celebrate 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Celebration began with a march from ARISE’s offices on James Street to the Oncenter. March participants carried signs, banners, and shouted slogans to advocate for the needs of individuals with disabilities. Congressman Dan Maffei donned an ARISE t-shirt as he walked in the march before joining Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor and Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney at the Oncenter to proclaim July 26 as Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day. The celebration concluded with a performance by a band from Transitional Living Services, featuring players with and without disabilities.
The ADA is a landmark piece of legislation that guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, government services and transportation.
The Celebration was sponsored by the ADA Committee/Exceptional Art Works: ARISE, Enable, Arc of Onondaga, AURORA of CNY, CNY-DSO, Disabled in Action, Elmcrest Children’s Center, Exceptional Family Resources, and Transitional Living Services .
- Click here to read coverage on News Channel 9
- Click here to read coverage on CNY Central (Channels 3 and 5)
- Click here to read coverage on YNN (Channel 10)
- Click here to read coverage from the Post standard
- click here for photos on Syracuse.Com or click here for a video on Syracuse.Com