Working together to improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities!
Before I became physically disabled, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a nice idea. I thought about it as a great concept, but not as a critical piece of legislation that would positively impact my life. Now that I am physically disabled, I understand the necessity of the ADA. It gives me confidence when I enter buildings and know my mobility limitations must be addressed, and I love having the knowledge of the legislation which allows me to educate others about making their facilities accessible.
I started my organization because of my experiences as a physically disabled person, but also because I knew I had the support of legislation like the ADA. As a relatively new organization, Disability Partnerships is constantly developing and seeking opportunities to grow and benefit the physically disabled community.
In 2016, we received our first grant and held our first program event the Wheels of Defense. We also partnered with NBC4 and exhibited at their 2017 Health and Fitness Expo highlighting the importance of being healthy in mind, body and spirit. We recently developed and distributed a market research survey to assess the health and wellness needs of the disability community. We will use the survey data to determine what programs and initiatives can make the most impact. We are also having our first major fundraising event in October, the Disability Partnerships Costume Bowl A Thon with our partner, Living Independently for Everyone, Inc. Our plan is to use the funds to hire persons from the physically disabled community to truly help us improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities.
So, in honor of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against the disabled community, Disability Partnerships salutes the ADA and every legislator who stepped up to create a policy and law that would help the most vulnerable people in our society. None of what we do would be possible without this landmark civil rights legislation. So, on today, July 26, we celebrate the equality of all people, regardless of mobility, race, gender, and look to the future with hope and optimism. Please show your support and sign the ADA Pledge and reaffirm the principles of equality and inclusion.