31st Anniversary of the ADA

July 26th marks the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.” (https://adata.org/learn-about-ada)

This important civil rights law ensures that all people with disabilities have the same opportunities and rights as everyone else.

Did you know that before the ADA, businesses could say that wheelchairs were a hazard and refuse them access?

Imagine someone like Nick not being able to go to a coffee shop because they were in a wheelchair! #ThanksToTheADA

Before the ADA businesses could legally pay someone with a disability less for the same work as someone without a disability.

Before the ADA it was difficult or impossible for people in wheelchairs to use public transportation.

Awesome in Action supports the ADA and celebrates the 31st anniversary by spreading awareness about this important law!

Without the ADA, Awesome in Action would not be possible!

To learn more about the ADA and what it means for people with disabilities check out https://adata.org/learn-about-ada

Has the ADA had an impact on your life? Share your story on social media and use the hashtags below to help celebrate the ADA!

#ThanksToTheADA #ADA31

2021 Compassion Film Festival

UPDATE: Due to concerns about rising COVID-19 cases, the in person film festival has been cancelled, but the virtual film festival will still take place August 13th to 22nd. Nick is working to see if he will be able to do a virtual workshop during the online event.

Nick and the Awesome in Action team are thrilled to announce that a short film directed/edited by Jaime Peak and produced by Cindy Peak has been accepted for the 2021 Compassion Film Festival!

The short film Awesome in Action is 21 minutes long and focuses on Nick’s story and his journey to become an author and activist.

“The mission of the Compassion Film Festival is to create a mode of compassionate living by screening inspirational films, presentations, and workshops that provide vision, education, tools, and resources for individuals to cultivate compassionate actions in their lives.”

The film festival is in person August 13th to 15th and online August 16th to 22nd and takes place in Carbondale, Colorado.

Nick will be attending the film festival in person. Nick is excited to announce that he will have a table at the festival with information about Awesome in Action and will be presenting a workshop on Saturday, August 14th. Nick’s workshop will involve of a new version of his Anyone Can Be a Hero presentation.

Nick and his team believe that Compassion Film Festival’s mission aligns with his own, and he hopes he can continue to spark a shift in the way we think about abilities by spreading his message of inclusivity and diversity.

We hope to see you in August!