5 P.M. INTERVIEW: ADA Anniversary Celebration

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— The 27th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration is July 26 in Eau Claire.

News Release:
When: 11AM to 1PM on Wednesday, July 26th
Where: Phoenix Park, Eau Claire

All Americans celebrated our Independence on the 4th of July but on July 26th this celebration is elevated even higher for some Americans who found genuine independence was not theirs until the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
July 26, 2017 marks the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 are taking place across the nation. In Eau Claire we’re inviting people to stop by and celebrate what the ADA law and the Medicaid program mean to us all.

The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.
Through outreach, training and technical assistance that the ADA National Network has done to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, people with disabilities have better access to businesses, buildings, employment, state and local government programs and services, and increasing opportunities for equal and full participation in civic and community life.
Dr. Schneider (blind from birth) points out: “With laws like the ADA and programs like Medicaid, the 19% of Americans who have disabilities have a better chance at the good life we all want—to love, to work, to play and to pray.”
What are some tips for everyday interactions with people with disabilities?
• Talk to the person with the disability, not the person with them.
• If you have difficulty understanding, ask them to repeat what they said.
• Talk to the Deaf person not the interpreter.
• It’s okay to use words like blind and deaf; avoid words like wheelchair-bound and care-taker.
• Use “accessibility” or “disability” instead of handicap
• Greet a blind person so they know you’re there and say who you are. Say “bye” to them when leaving them.
• If you want to pet a service animal, ask the handler for permission.
• It’s okay to offer help if you think it might be useful, but accept “no thanks” if that’s said.
• Avoid chewing gum, smoking, or obscuring your mouth when talking to people with hearing loss.
• Be aware that beepers and strobe lights can trigger seizures in some people.
• Avoid using strong fragranced body care products such as cologne, hand lotion, and hairspray.
• Do not give excessive praise or patronize “how amazing that you buy your own groceries”.