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Disability Action Center NW will be hosting a free family event July 29th to celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law in 1990. Held from 10am to 2pm at City Beach in Sandpoint, it will be open to the public and feature free food, popcorn, live music, prizes and awards, wheelchair 3 on 3 basketball, disability resource booths, and face painting for the kids. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 100 people.
“We serve all of northern Idaho and part of eastern Washington, so we are reaching out to Sandpoint this year” said Executive Director Mark Leeper. “The community of Sandpoint has worked very hard to support accessibility.” DAC will be presenting the first Tom McTevia Memorial Award at the celebration to the Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon and City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton for their work in assisting citizen Bill Yeager to get his guide dog.
The ADA National Network has worked to change the landscape for individuals with disabilities, their families and other advocates. Since 1993, DAC’s outreach, training and technical assistance has promoted voluntary compliance with the ADA. People with disabilities now have better access to businesses, buildings, state and local programs and services, as well as increased opportunities for employment. “But our work is not done” said Leeper. “We would like to get the word out that accessibility helps everyone, including businesses.”