by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (also known as the ADA) was passed, ensuring that disabled Americans could live a life free of discrimination (or, realistically speaking, at least less). To honor this historic piece of legislation, each year SKIL holds a giant celebration in Parsons.
These ADA celebrations generally consist of music, speakers, and free food. Sometimes the weather is rainy or hot (being in the middle of July, this is frequently the case), but the event always experiences a substantial turnout. This year’s event will be held on July 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parsons SKIL office (1801 Main Street).
“It’s a great event,” explains SKIL Independent Living Coordinator (ILC) Melanie Burnett. “It allows family and friends—people from all walks of life from this community and the surrounding areas—to come together and have a good time and celebrate an important day in disability history.”
At this time it's unclear who the guest speakers and musicians will be. The event is open to the general public. “We encourage everyone to come out and join us,” says Burnett.