RCIL celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary

The Resource Center for Independent Living marked the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a celebration at Hanna Park.

Posted: Jul. 26, 2018 12:54 PM

UTICA – History was celebrated outside of Utica City Hall on Thursday.

The Resource Center for Independent Living marked the occasion of the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a celebration at Hanna Park. The original bill was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

The center had informational booths set up at the park, along with musical entertainment.

RCIL staff say many strides have been made, but there's still work to do to make the world accessible to all.

“While we've come a long way, there are still buildings that may not be the most accessible, whether it be a restroom, the entrances having automatic doors, having accessible parking spaces and curb cuts," said Georgianna Sanges of RCIL.

Sanges says the community can get there through advocacy, outreach, and by educating local businesses. She says most local business owners are very receptive to suggestions on how to improve accessibility for all.

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