Allender proclaims July 26 as Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed by Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

AdaRAPID CITY, S.D. — In honor of the 31st anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Mayor Steve Allender has proclaimed July 26 as Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day in Rapid City.

   “Through the dedicated work and tireless efforts of officials, organizations and advocates, many strides have been made, and work continues, in breaking down the physical and attitudinal barriers that have challenged people with disabilities,” the proclamation reads. “The City of Rapid City continues its commitment to ADA compliance and accessibility with improvements to public facilities, providing increased quality-of-life experiences in the community for people with disabilities, and supporting the continued work and awareness efforts of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.”

Allender will present the proclamation at Monday’s City Council meeting, where members of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities will be there to accept it.

The committee meets monthly. Its members include Dr. Massopust, Catherine Greseth, Sammi Jo Kenzy, Heather Hoeye, Ara Baumstarck, Patrick Czerny, Katie Petersen, Melanie Barclay, Thore Jenshus, and Tamie Hopp.

National Disability Independence Day is set aside each year to recognize the anniversary of the landmark legislation becoming law.

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