Melissa Hawkins, Executive Director
Disability Empowerment Center
Lancaster, Pennsylvania: On July 25, 1990, 25 years ago, a historic step was made – the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law. For individuals with disabilities, this was life changing legislation. At the Disability Empowerment Center of Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, we work every day to empower people with disabilities to live independently, and the ADA is an important tool to help us get there.
During the month of July we’ve been sharing OUR STORIES, telling 25 stories of how the ADA has affected the lives of local people with disabilities. We’ve shared these stories on our website, each day, beginning July 1st and will continue to share them through the 25th.
To further celebrate the anniversary of the ADA, we’ll be hosting a celebration picnic on July 24th at 11am at Long’s Park. Some highlights of our event will include:
- Lancaster’s Mayor Gray will be in attendance giving an official proclamation of July 24, 2015 as a day of celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA Act and the commitment of Lancaster City to continue to meet the needs of those with disabilities.
- Lancaster Mounted Police will be there to allow people to get up close to the horses. They’ll even have an accessible ramp so people with physical disabilities can get close to the horses too.
- Zoo America – North American Wildlife Park are bringing some of their wild animals!
- IM Able Foundation will bring adaptive equipment for people with or without disabilities to try.
- We’ll also have food, music, games, raffle prizes and more!
We’re expecting 150-200 people including our DEC staff, board, Consumers and many members of the local business and nonprofit community. We would love to share the story of DEC and this event with the public, so we thank you for your consideration in using this for a news story!
About DEC: The Disability Empowerment Center is a private, nonprofit, nonresidential organization run by and for people with disabilities. We dedicate our efforts to attaining equal opportunity and full participation of people with diverse disabilities in all aspects of life in our community.
About the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
About IM Able: IM Able helps build and support active lifestyles for individuals with disabilities with adaptive equipment such as handcycles, racing chairs, adaptive skis and other technology.
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