Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The City will host a celebration July 23 in the City Hall Rotunda to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The event will feature speakers, awards, performances by Young Dance, a demonstration by Canine Inspired Change and tours of accessible Metro Transit buses.

Noon-3 p.m., Thursday, July 23
Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, 350 S. Fifth St.

The Americans with Disabilities Act became law in July 1990. It bans discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public accommodations, public services, transportation and telecommunications. It’s viewed as the most comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities.

The City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department and Department of Civil Rights are organizing the 25th anniversary celebration in partnership with the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Metropolitan Council.

Quality of services for residents with disabilities

In addition to observing the milestone anniversary, the City and its partners are focusing on improving engagement, participation and quality of service for people with disabilities. The City has started a thorough ADA evaluation of its programs and services to identify possible barriers to residents, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is reviewing recommendations from its ADA evaluation process. Every bus in Metro Transit's fleet has a lift or ramp to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices; newer vehicles have low, flat entrances that make boarding easier for everyone.

Published Jun 30, 2015



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