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July 26, 2011

OIL sets local celebration for ADA anniversary

McALESTER —  

For many people, today is a day to celebrate.

July 26 marks a day which celebrates equal rights and equal opportunity for all people.

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

Oklahomans for Independent Living, the local advocacy and resource center for people with disabilities, will commemorate the 21st anniversary of the signing of the ADA act with a celebration to mark the event.

The public is welcome to attend the celebration, set for 2 p.m. today at the OIL office at 601 E. Carl Albert Pkwy. It will include refreshments, a video presentation and a word from Mayor Kevin Priddle.

OIL Executive Director Mike Ward spoke of the importance of today’s event and the Americans with Disabilities Act which inspired it.

“The ADA is a wide-ranging civil right law that prohibits discrimination based on disability,” Ward said.

“It was based on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and provides for similar protections. 

“It was certainly a piece of landmark legislation for people with disabilities.

“We wanted to celebrate the signing of the ADA as well as increase the public awareness about what it is and what it provides for people with disabilities. We also want the public to be aware of our organization and to know that OIL is here to help when they need us.”

“We hope the people of McAlester will join us to commemorate 21 years of the ADA.”

Anyone needing more information can contact Oklahomans for Independent Living at (918) 426-6220.

Former RWD 2 employee Connie Tipton made copy booklets of the RWD 2 by-laws for citizens.

Shawn Pelz presented the idea of a “community impact panel,” which is a panel of community members organized to represent the community as a whole. It is also organized to approach 

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