Happy Anniversary ADA!

As our country marked the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the American’s with Disabilities Act on July 26th, BlazeSports staff couldn’t help but note the many different ways our nation observed this historic day.

From the White House came a Presidential Proclamation in observance of the anniversary (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/26/presidential-proclamation-anniversary-americans-disabilities-act-2012)  along with a live streaming discussion of the state of disability policy with senior level administration officials.

From Capitol Hill came news that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) to the Senate making the treaty one step closer to ratification. http://www.usicd.org/template/index.cfm  (Thank you to all those who weighed in with your Senators in support of this treaty).

Perhaps one of the best testaments to how far we’ve come since the ADA is the 200+ junior athletes and coaches (including BlazeSports athletes, coaches, and families)  who travelled to Mesa this week to participate in 7 different competitions for individuals with physical disabilities. The competition has been a huge success to date, and nearly 600 volunteers from the local Mesa Arizona community have volunteered in support of this week-long event.

In these ways – and so many more – we have noted how far our nation has come since the ADA’s signing. There is always more work to do, however.

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