The celebration looked a little different, but the message was still the same. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is still making a big impact in Greater Cincinnati more than 30 years after it became law.
The landmark civil rights legislation was signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on a person’s disability and creates greater equity in employment, education, transportation, and public accommodations in places like hotels, restaurants, and stores.
Easterseals joined with other agencies in a “virtual” celebration of Cincinnati Disability Pride and 30 years of the ADA throughout the month of July. Four local organizations were recognized as ADA Champions for their contributions to various sections of the ADA:
The artists of InsideOut Studio in Hamilton played a key role in this year’s award presentations. They created the beautiful glass awards given to each of the honorees. This year’s design featured the ADA30 logo over the Cincinnati skyline, surrounded by 30 stars.
The process started with selecting the design from three different concepts.
Each element was then cut to shape and assembled by the artists.
The glass pieces were glued into place and the placed in a kiln to fuse all the glass pieces.
Ashley Parris, who worked on the awards with fellow InsideOut Studio artists, proudly displays the finished creation.
To learn more about how InsideOut can create custom awards for your next celebration, click here.
For more information about Easterseals and its role in the passage of the ADA, click here.
Disability rights activist Kevin Flynn hosts a virtual panel on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Cincinnati with guests: