As many of you know, this week marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the groundbreaking civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990.
Every year at this time, my office holds our annual "ADA Day" celebration on Boston City Hall Plaza, to celebrate the progress made by our city, state, and country in terms of accessibility. However, this year's anniversary of the ADA has taken on renewed meaning.
We mark the ADA's 30th anniversary in a time of pandemic and continued confrontation of our nation's history of structural racism. The disability community has been acutely impacted by the pandemic, and communities of color, where disability prevalence is higher, have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
We recognize the need to go further in our fight for civil rights. The ADA has given people with disabilities a strong foundation of civil rights, but now it's time to build on that. So this year, instead of looking back, we are going to look ahead!
More on Boston Chron
- Mary Logan Woolsey, her Family and Joshua's Heart deliver groceries to 350 families in Coconut Grove
- Dicerna to Participate in the Chardan 4th Annual Genetic Medicines Conference
- Boston: Blue Hill Avenue community meeting to discuss near-term improvements, long-term vision
- Impact Fund Genuine Interest Announces Strategic Investment in American Homebuilders of West Africa
- Boston: Funding doubled for seniors to replace heating systems through Seniors Save
Our work moving forward must reflect our shared commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion of people of color with disabilities. The guiding theme of our 2020 event is:: Equity-Diversity-Inclusion.
My office, the City of Boston Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities, along with the Boston Center for Independent Living, co-hosted a virtual rally and call to action with local and national disability activists on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. You can learn more and watch a recording of the event here.
We hope to get as many people from the Disability community to attend as possible! For more information contact Bill Henning at BCIL at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-338-6665 x 213 or Jessica Doonan at the Commission on Persons with Disabilities at email@example.com or 617-635-3682.
Remember, we are all in this together!
Until next week, please stay informed, stay home, and stay healthy.
Commissioner Kristen McCosh
Latest on Boston Chron
- Boston: Mayor Walsh doubles funding available for seniors to replace heating systems through seniors save program
- Boston: Demolition Delay application: 120 Kenrick Street, Brighton
- Boston: Demolition Delay application: 197 Gardner Street, West Roxbury
- Boston: Demolition Delay application: 178 Gardner Street, West Roxbury
- Wanderful Academy Launches Photography for Travelers Course
- Dynatrace earns top position in ISG Provider Lens™ Cloud-Native Observability Solutions Quadrant
- STARK Industries LLC Supports Space Center Houston's Exhibit on NASA Innovations During the Pandemic via NASA JPL-Designed VITAL Ventilator Loan
- AI Drug R&D Startup XtalPi Announces Over 300 Million Series C Investment Led by SoftBank Vision Fund, PICC Capital, and Morningside
- United We Rise Works To Collectively End The HIV Epidemic For Every(Black)Body
- Cheeses of Europe Celebrates Brunch Culture
- Nimbus Therapeutics Appoints Abbas Kazimi as Chief Business Officer
- ROSIE READER Launches Literary Adventures for Children Ages 3 to 5
- Boston Scientific Launches ACURATE neo2™ Aortic Valve System in Europe
- GZA Welcomes Senior Consultant Christopher Palmer, P.E., G.E. to its Dam and Levee Safety Group
- Arranta Bio Announces Mechanical Completion of Commercial-Ready Capacity for advanced biologics
- Renowned Christmas Tree Designer Donating Tree for Fundraising
- Rising Music Star, Kennedy Stephens Honors Breonna Taylor in Profound New Song
- A Thousand Ways to Save Energy - And $$$$
- Philadelphia Equity Transaction Closes to fund 6 High End Apartments in University City
- Farm Aid 2020 On The Road Rallies Support For Family Farmers As Essential Workers