The 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be observed locally on July 23 thanks to a celebration being coordinated by San Antonio Living Services, a nonprofit that provides assistance to people with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.
San Antonio Living Services was founded in 1981 to serve as an advocacy center for individuals with disabilities who live in Bexar County and 27 additional counties. The agency teaches independent living skills, provides up-to-date information and referrals, and trains individuals on how to advocate for themselves.
The theme for the San Antonio celebration is "Activate and Celebrate Your Abilities." The event will be held at the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus in the Bill Miller Plaza and will kick off with a rally at 9 a.m.
There will be over 50 vendor booths and community kiosks which will provide information to attendees. State Senator Jose Menendez will be honored as Public Servant of the Year and will address the event.
There will be also be a presentation of more than a dozen community awards and drawings for prizes throughout the morning. The keynote speaker will be author Joanne Fluke.
San Antonio Independent Living Services presents a celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Saturday, July 23rd at the UTSA Downtown Campus, 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., from 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m. Free lunch provided by H-E-B. Event is free and open to everyone. For information regarding how to register as an exhibitor or to attend, call 210-281-1878 ext. 118.