Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nation Celebrates 20th Anniversary of ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was signed into law on July 26, 1990. More than 54 million Americans with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit daily activities are protected under the ADA, including many of the beneficiaries cared for by the HME community.

“This landmark legislation is important to millions of Americans who are served by the home medical equipment community and it’s a good opportunity to remind policy makers and the media about the importance of HME,” said Tyler Wilson, president of the American Association for Homecare.

West Coast Activities Include:
The Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, in San Jose, Calif., is organizing the First Annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade and Festival which will take place Saturday, July 24, 2010. The event celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“With this event, we hope to send a loud message to the community that disability is a natural and beautiful part of human diversity that people living with disabilities can take pride in,” says Sarah Triano, Executive Director of SVILC. “We want children with disabilities to know they are beautiful, whole human beings just the way they are.”

For more detailed information please go to the event webpage at

East Coast Activies Include:
20TH Anniversary ADA Gala will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on
July 26, 2010 7 – 11 pm. This special evening salutes the disability community’s crowning achievement. Representatives from Congress and the Administration will attend the Gala, along with featured performing artists. Fine food, great company, good laughs, and lively dancing— they’re all yours to enjoy as we come together to celebrate our diversity and
showcase our Power & Pride. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit

To learn more about 20th Anniversary celebrations of the ADA across the nation and how your HME can support local events in conjunction with local and state consumer organizations, please visit

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