Local center for independent living to celebrate 30th anniversary of ADA

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MCALLEN – On July 26, the U.S. will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The law promotes equal opportunity for People with Disabilities (PWD) by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. The Valley Association for Independent Living (VAIL) will be hosting a week-long celebration to teach others about the importance of accessibility, inclusiveness and advocacy for PWDs.

VAIL is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help people with disabilities live independently and to help PWDs understand and use the resources available to them to accomplish this purpose.

The agency said they are managed by people many of whom have disabilities themselves. They are a nonresidential, private agency dedicated to find and share ways people with disabilities can be successful and productive.

From July 20 – 24 there will be events celebrating the anniversary

  • Monday there will be a virtual conference about accessibility, inclusiveness and advocacy.
  • Tuesday a movie night that displays a main character as a person with a disability.
  • Wednesday another online conference about accessible housing.
  • Thursday will be sharing testimonials of people with disabilities.
  • Friday will close with a drive through parade to celebrate disability pride.

For more information visit the organization’s Facebook page.

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