SANDPOINT — A citywide proclamation about the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed on July 26 by Mayor Shelby Rognstad.
The proclamation celebrates the 30th anniversary of the ADA and shows the commitment of the city to providing the most integrated, least restrictive environments for people with disabilities and their families.
The Northwest ADA Center – Idaho has worked to change the landscape for individuals with disabilities, their families and other advocates. Since 1993, local center for independent living Disability Action Center NW has provided outreach, training and technical assistance to promote 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 Mark Leeper, executive director of DAC NW. “Despite progress over the past 30 years, people with disabilities still have higher poverty rates and lower employment and educational outcomes than those without disabilities.”
DAC will be working to raise more awareness with a T-shirt campaign in the area, he said.
The proclamation is part of a statewide virtual celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Events started July 17th and run through Oct. 31, with October being National Disability Awareness Month.
Information: Facebook page @ADA30Idaho