Disability Unity Festival:
Strengthening Our Communities and
Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA.
This is a public event that brings California residents, businesses, and organizations together to celebrate the value of all members of our community – a community that makes California a vibrant, diverse, forward-thinking, and exciting place to live, work, learn, and grow.
The Festival is conjunction with the California #ADA25 Conference hosted by the Disability Organizing Network. Visit http://disabilityorganizing.net/ada25 for more information.
Event Update – We appreciate your enthusiasm about the celebration and hope you will come out to the Festival to celebrate your disability pride and the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. Originally, a parade from UN Plaza was scheduled as part of this celebration but the committee has decided to focus all of the Festival activities within Civic Center Plaza. This important change has enabled us to focus on our growing entertainment line-up, incorporating clowns, face painters, arts & crafts, along with the first ever "soul train" style dance line which everyone is encouraged to "rock-n-roll" through!
What is the ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. It was signed into law in 1990. In 2010, new standards were included, adding specific technical requirements to the general accessibility requirements set out in the 1991 Standards. Disability is defined by the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity."
Why a Disability Unity Festival?
The ADA has literally changed the landscape of our society, from cities creating sidewalks with curb cuts to purchasing buses with lifts; from movie theaters providing listening devices to computer companies designing systems with screen readers and voice output. More people than ever before are now able to enjoy full, and often independent, participation in the activities of their daily lives.
Yet 25 years after the ADA, there are still both physical and social barriers to many people with disabilities, and employment among people with disabilities is still far below those without disabilities. We need to strengthen our communities for full inclusion and integration, and that starts with sharing of ideas and further education and training.
Need Reasonable Accommodations at the Festival?
The festival site is accessible to people with mobility disabilities and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available for the program. If you need additional accommodations to participate, please contact Nathan Webb at 415-554-6789 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide notice by Tuesday, September 22nd to help ensure availability.
Creating a scent-free environment: Additionally, Festival organizers promote and encourage event participants to avoid wearing scented products (perfume, make-up, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) that could be uncomfortable or harmful to participants with environmental sensitivities.