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Americans Celebrate ADA's 'Sweet 16'
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 26, 2006

UNITED STATES--On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, the nation's most far-reaching legislation guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities.

This week, several disability groups celebrated the successes prompted by the ADA, while noting that much is left to be done.

Two of the most highly publicized events are the Disabled and Proud Parade in Chicago, and an ADA rally in Hutchinson, Kansas.

"The ADA, as far as we're concerned, is our Bill of Rights," said Southeast Kansas Independent Living employee Rick Knight.

"It's just as important to us, and we hope we can help people understand the importance of ADA," he added.

Related:
"Disabled and Proud: Celebrating Chicago's disabled community" by Karen Meyer (WLS-TV)

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=4380874
"Parade all about pride, awareness; Disabled and Proud 2006" by Valerie Brew-Parrish (Herald-News)
http://www.inclusiondaily.com/news/06/red/0726b.htm
"Today’s pride parade is for a minority often forgotten" (Daily Herald)
http://www.dailyherald.com/opinion/constable.asp?id=210120
Disabled and Proud 2006
http://www.disabilityprideparade.com
"Rally to focus on city's ADA highs & lows" (Hutchinson News)
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/local/stories/rally072306.shtml
"ADA's impact far-reaching" (Hutchinson News)
http://www.hutchnews.com/news/local/stories/impact072306.shtml
"SKIL plans party to honor ADA" (Parsons Sun)
http://www.parsonssun.com/news/articles/ada072206.shtml
"President, Congress Fail to Lead on ADA Restoration Act" (ADA Watch)
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=69817
"ADA Goes Digital for Its Sweet Sixteen" (American Foundation for the Blind)
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=69799
"Civil Rights Division Commemorates Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act" (U.S. Department of Justice)
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=69861

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