YO! Disabled & Proud is Hosting an ADA Forum at the State Capitol April 23rd, 2015

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act YO! Disabled & Proud is hosting an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Forum in the State Capitol on Disability Capitol Action Day, May 20th. The ADA is an important civil rights law for people with disabilities of all ages. It provides us access, (ramps, elevators, curb cuts, relay services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, materials in alternative format, accessible restroom stalls, etc.), and makes society easier to navigate. The ADA also gives us the opportunity to go to work and not be discriminated against based on our disabilities.

The ADA Forum for youth and adult allies is being sponsored by Senator Richard Pan. Throughout the forum participants will hear stories about what life with a disability was like before the ADA, the advocacy that went into passing the law and how the ADA benefits people with disabilities. The ADA Forum will include a discussion on what youth with disabilities see as the advocacy priorities of the future and the work that needs to be done to create more opportunities and equality for all.

In addition, YO! Disabled and Proud will be supporting youth around the state in organizing their own community ADA Forum. We will be sharing information on those forums in the coming month. Please contact Kirk Aranda at kirk@cfilc.org if you are interested in sponsoring or co-hosting an ADA Forum for youth in your part of the state.

To register or learn more about the ADA Forum on May 20th please go to, https://yodisabledproud.org/ada25/
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