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City of Bloomington Invites Public to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 6, 2015

For more information, please contact:

Michael Shermis, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department, 812.349.3471, cca@bloomington.in.gov
Alexa Lopez, Communication Director, City of Bloomington Office of the Mayor, 812.349.3406,lopeza@bloomington.in.gov


City of Bloomington Invites Public to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility will host a public celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The festivities will take place Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the B-Line Trail at the Bloomington Farmers' Market, 401 N. Morton St.

Eight agencies, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Down Syndrome Family Connection, Stone Belt, Area Agency on Aging, LIFEDesigns, League of Women Voters, Ivy Tech and The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, will offer a series of fun and thought-provoking challenges that raise awareness on accessibility issues. Participants will be given scorecards and a chance to win a cupcake and be entered into a drawing for door prizes, as well. Local recording artists Sharlee Davis and Will Devitt will provide entertainment. Join in the fun and learn how to make Bloomington a community for all to feel welcomed.

In addition to the festivities, the event will hold a presentation to award recipients of the AccessAbility decal to local businesses. AccessAbility decals are rewarded to businesses that meet accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as determined by CCA volunteers and are thus welcoming to people with disabilities, their friends and families. Businesses that will be presented with with a decal at the event are:

Any business may obtain a decal, but its parking spaces, access paths, entrances and doors, service counters, common areas and restrooms must meet the basic requirements of the ADA in order to qualify. CCA members provide free accessibility screenings for businesses and award decals throughout the year.

For a complete list of Council for Community Accessibility volunteer opportunities and activities or to request an accessibility screening, visit the CCA's website or contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at cca@bloomington.in.gov or 812.349.3471.

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