ADA 20th Celebrations around New England

By Mike Reynolds for

The twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act is going to be celebrated across the country with a bunch of notable events. In New England there are events planned across the region.

The Event in Maine will take place on July 17th in Hallowell, ME and is part of the Old Hallowell Days Parade, according to information received people who wished to march in the parade were to call the Disability Rights Center of Maine by June 25th. Their number is 1-800-452-1948. This event will celebrate twenty years of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the civil rights protections the law provides.

In New Hampshire, The Governor’s Commission on Disability will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ADA on July 23, 2010 at the Department of Transportation, 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. The event is scheduled between 10am to 2 pm. Between 10 and 2 there will be speakers, presentations and opportunities to network! The New Hampshire ADA celebration is has a lengthy list of partners collaborating on their event. They include; The NH ADA Coalition, NH Dept of Transportation, Granite State Independent Living, National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Greater New England Chapter.

In Massachusetts, a ADA Awareness March and Picnic is scheduled on July 26th. The line-up of entertainment includes comedy from Jonathan Katz, more famously known for his animated series, Dr. Katz Professional Therapist. In 1996, Katz was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he now serves as a spokesperson for people who deal with disabilities due to MS. Audience members will also enjoy live performances from the Tommy Filiault Band and the Matt Savage Trio. Matt Savage, a Massachusetts native and Berkeley College of Music student, is a piano prodigy with autism. At the age of six he taught himself to read music. John Hockenberry, radio host of the ‘Takeaway’ and a noted journalist who happens to use a manual wheelchair, will deliver the keynote address. On Monday, July 26, at 11:15 a.m., the celebration will commence with an awareness march that will leave from the Boston Common at the corner of Tremont St. and Boylston St., and circle to the corner of Charles St. and Beacon St. The speaking program and live performances will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

The ADA 20th Anniversary will be celebrated in Vermont on July 22, 2010 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) is hosting its' annual ADA party on the statehouse lawn in Montpelier. This year's event co-sponsor is the Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The theme revolves around "What Vermonter's are doing to promote/further the ADA". Main event speaker is a person who immigrated to the US from Japan due to the ADA. State legislators, municipal officials and Vermont's federal delegation will attend along with an expected 700 guests. A picnic lunch will be served at no charge beneath four tents on the lower lawn. For more info please email .

In Connecticut there will be an event titled “The ADA at 20:Dreams Delivered, Dreams Deferred” A reception to recognize the Twentieth Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and those who have been key in making the ADA work in Connecticut. And the premier showing of ADACC’s informative and exciting video:“The 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Human Rights in Progress”, which reviews reasons for the ADA, highlights some accomplishments we have achieved, and issues a call to action from the current status. Lowell P. Weicker, Jr will be the keynote speaker at the State Capitol from 2:30 to 4:30 in Room C-2 Reception with light refreshments in The Atrium. Please RSVP by contacting Lisa Caron, ADACC Project Director, at 860-297-4383 or

In Rhode Island there is a number of sessions for people with disabilities to discuss their concerns. For More Information, please check out this webpage: