A celebration on Thursday, July 26 will mark the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. A coalition of disability organizations, state agencies and the disability community will gather at the Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul to focus on mental health and celebrate the rights guaranteed under the ADA.Festivities begin at 1:00 in Discovery Hall with a keynote address by Marya Hornbacher, a Minneapolis based award-winning writer, journalist, teacher and lecturer. Other speakers and entertainers include Adina Burke, who uses storytelling through spoken word poetry and punk music, and Sam Miltich and Friends, who will highlight cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and inspiring hope through Sam’s own story and original compositions.
The event is free and open to the public. ASL interpreters, audio description and CART captioning will be provided as well as light refreshments. To register or for more information, visit: https://www.disability.state.mn.us/events/28th-ada-celebration-registration/. Admission to the Science Museum will be free, including its exhibit Mental Health: Mind Matters. Parking and admission to the Omnitheater’s current show “Dream Big” are NOT provided.
The ADA establishes protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided in the Civil Rights Act on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age, and religion; and ensures equal opportunity for access to businesses, employment, government programs and services, and telecommunications.