Although the actual Americans with Disabilities Act 23rd anniversary occurred last week on July 26, 2013 the Massachusetts disability community has two chances remaining to celebrate the civil rights law this year. The first is on August 2. The annual picnic will be held at Dunn State Park from 11a.m. to 3p.m. and people wanting to attend, but needing transportation should contact their local Center for Independent Living (CIL) as many are providing rides. The picnic in addition to providing free lunch and a chance to create and renew friendships will allow participants to partake in a variety of accessible, outdoor activities through the Universal Access Program.
The second opportunity will be at Celebrate the Promise. In what has become an annual event, people with disabilities (PWD) and those who care about them will overtake the Amherst Common on September 21, 2013. The event promises education, games, music, and dancing. There will also be all PWD exhibitors craft/artist fair. There is no charge to exhibitors. If you wish to exhibit, you should contact Tory Dixon, independent living advocate at Stavros CIL. Starvos is also the sponsor of the event.
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