"Today, July 26th, marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The ADA gives civil rights protections and assures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to business, employment, transportation, government programs and services and telecommunications." (DRA Disability Rights Advocates)
Systems Advocacy is work focused on making positive changes to safeguard and improve societal conditions for people with disabilities. Many organizations like the Independent Living Center engage in systems advocacy to address a variety of issues. The Independent Living philosophy is one of empowerment where peers come together to work for positive change. It is this principal that the nation wide Independent Living movement was founded and from which our agency takes its name. While ILC has a dedicated staff that provide a variety of services, it is central to our mission to bring together members of our community to work together for positive change. Whether it is improved access, voting rights, or accessible recreation, ILC invites participation from the communities we serve. Today as we celebrate the progress that has been made by the implementation of the ADA, and we acknowledge that there is more to do.
You can get involved by calling your local ILC office. You can also support us by donating to ILC. Please join us for our ILC / TRAILS Community Picnic on August 16th at Soldotna Creek park.