Celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the ADA

Celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the ADA

Disability rights are civil rights, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stands as a powerful testament to this principle. From voting accessibility to parking accommodations, the ADA safeguards the rights of people with disabilities across various aspects of public life.

To honor the 34th anniversary of this landmark legislation, a celebratory event will take place on July 26th at 11 A.M. at Syracuse City Hall (233 E. Washington St.). The community is invited to join in commemorating the progress made and advocating for continued inclusivity.

Event Highlights:

  1. Musical Prelude (10:30 A.M.): The David Clark Learning Center Band will set the tone with uplifting melodies.
  2. Welcome Address: Master of Ceremonies Tim Mahar, representing ARISE, will kick off the celebration.
  3. National Anthem and “Lift Every Voice”: The Midler Melodies chorus from the Arc of Onondaga will perform these powerful anthems.
  4. Flag Raising: Tina Fitzgerald of Disabled in Action of Greater Syracuse and Mikey St. Andrew from AccessCNY will raise the ADA flag.
  5. Proclamation: Mayor Ben Walsh and Commissioner Joanne Spoto Decker will deliver a joint proclamation recognizing the ADA’s impact.
  6. Remarks from Public Officials: Confirmed speakers include NYS Sen. Rachel May and NYS Assembly member Pam Hunter. We eagerly await a response from NYS Assembly member Al Stirpe, while Assembly member Bill Magnarelli will be represented.
  7. Special Acknowledgment: Charles Hudson will express gratitude for efforts to preserve the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance (CDPA) program.
  8. ADA March: Participants will assemble in front of City Hall, carrying banners. The march route will turn right on to E. Washington St., right on to S. Salina Street. Then left on to Water Street. Follow Water St. down to the Jerry Rescue, culminating at the Jerry Rescue monument in Clinton Square for photographs.

Join us as we celebrate progress, honor advocates, and reaffirm our commitment to a more inclusive and accessible community.

In Oswego County ADA Celebrations:

Celebrate the ADA in Madison County: