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?
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!
To learn more about the ADA and what it means for people with disabilities check out https://adata.org/learn-about-ada
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On August 17th and 18th Nick and the Awesome in Action team participated in Fort Collins Comic Con for the 3rd year.
This awesome event brings creative people from the community together to share ideas and creations with participants.
Nick’s booth was used to show that anyone can be a hero. Nick helped kids make awesome superhero masks and posed for pictures. Nick made sure to help everyone who visited his booth understand that they have superpowers that make them special.
Nick really enjoyed seeing all the creative and fun costumes and getting to dress up himself! Some of the costumes were scary, but Nick showed his superpowers by keeping calm, cool, and collected when something scary walked by his booth!
Nick presented a panel on Saturday, where he gave his Anyone Can Be a Hero speech. He talked about his struggles and challenges as a person living with Cerebral Palsy, and how he overcomes his challenges and finds his inner superhero.
The organizers of Comic Con have always been kind and welcoming to Nick and his team, and helped make the Con as successful as possible for Nick. Nick had so much help and support to make this event a success and he wants to send a special thank you to his team, the Comic Con team and Nick Armstrong, and Annie Schubert who helped Nick with his panel.
The impact Nick made on those who stopped by his booth was pretty clear, and Nick was happy to make some really great connections with others in his community who want to help spread his message.
Comic Con was a success again this year, and Nick is excited and ready to start presenting in classrooms for the school year.
If you or someone you know is interested in having Nick come to your classroom or event to offer one of his many presentations, please contact him via email at email@example.com.
Nick’s presentations can be adapted to any situation and age group, and his message of inclusion and diversity is appropriate for all ages.