Each year SKIL holds an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebration in Parsons. Normally the celebration consists of a block party to celebrate the act, which was signed into law in 1990 to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. This year, however, the celebration will be different.
“This year will be special because it will be the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA,” explains SKIL CEO/President Shari Coatney. “We couldn't allow the pandemic to keep us from holding the celebration, so we had to reach into our creative zone and try to come up with some new and fresh ideas in order to keep everyone safe.”
According to Coatney, this year's ADA bash will be a “drive-through celebration.” It will be held in the parking lot behind the Parsons SKIL building, located at 1801 Main. The event is, as always, open to the public and will be held on Friday, July 24th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community participants will drive into the lot, where they will be met with a number of things, including a variety of vendors.
There will also be an assistive technology donation drive. “That will be one of the first vendors they encounter,” Coatney says. “Then if people have assistive technology they want to donate, we will pull them aside and allow them to do so.”
Coatney says other vendors will be passing out information and swag pertaining to different types of programs. There will also be a slide show depicting some of the “fights for rights” the disability community has faced over the years.
As usual, there will be free food. This year participants will receive a box lunch, consisting of hot dogs, chips, and cookies (subject to change). There will also be popcorn and snow cones available.
There will be a walk-in lane for participants who do not have cars. The event will also be shared live via streaming (for those who cannot attend) on the SKIL Facebook page.