Access To Independence celebrated the 28th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, also known as ADA yesterday afternoon at their headquarters in Downtown Cortland.
Several local community members led a panel discussion and reflected on how the ADA being passed has impacted their lives.
City of Cortland Mayor also stopped by and gave a special message on how the main street revitalization project will make main street more accessible to all.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also marked the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with the launch of the “Able New York” agenda, a multi-agency initiative that will emphasize enhanced accessibility to state programs and services for New Yorkers with disabilities. At the Governor’s direction, The Department of Health will lead the first phase of the initiative with a series of policies aimed at supporting community living for New Yorkers with physical disabilities.
“We have made great strides in the 28 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, but there is more we must accomplish to ensure that people of all abilities can thrive here in New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “The new “Able New York” agenda will help to expand opportunities, reduce barriers, and change the perception of disabilities, continuing our commitment to inclusion and equality for all.”