Syracuse Advocates March For ADA
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 11, 2005
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK--On Thursday, June 30, a group of 57 disability advocates, about a dozen of them in wheelchairs, chanted "ADA is here to stay" as they marched two-thirds of a mile to the steps of the Onondaga County Courthouse to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to the Post-Standard, the 21-step entrance to the courthouse, which has been closed to the public for some time, is next to the ground floor entrance which has a wheelchair ramp.
Those marching included advocates from ARISE, Enable, Self Advocates of CNY and Transitional Living Services.
Onondaga County Executive Nicholas Pirro acknowledged members of the group who have advocated for decades to make the community's streets and buildings accessible to everyone.
Pirro and Syracuse mayoral aide Dennis Brogan read a statement proclaiming July as "Americans with Disabilities Awareness Month".
The ADA, an act "to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability" was signed into law by George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990