Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the City of Bloomington. Bloom has republished it here in its entirety, with minor edits for style.

Bloomington, Ind. – The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) will host an interactive, online celebration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Thursday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

This event will also celebrate the anniversary of the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA), founded shortly before the act was signed into law. The CCA is a volunteer group serving the community by promoting community education and public awareness on the importance of accessibility for all people.

The free, online event will include interactive and inclusive activities for attendees of all ages and abilities. Those wishing to attend may pre-register for the event at  https://tinyurl.com/ccaADA30thCelebration to receive an email with the event’s Zoom link.  Day-of registration may be made at https://tinyurl.com/ccaADA30thCelebrationDayOf.

Completing four out of the six activities listed below will qualify participants for a coupon from the Chocolate Moose. All participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of five $50 Visa gift cards donated by the Indiana University Credit Union. The following organizations will be sharing these interactive activities:

People and Animal Learning Services:  Learn how to care for therapeutic horses used by people with disabilities.

Monroe County Public Library:  Find out what it’s like to try to maneuver around and past the many obstacles that confront people who use wheelchairs, even 30 years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Stone Belt:  Play an interactive Kahoot! learning game developed by Stone Belt advocates.  

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community: Play an interactive game of trivia, fun facts, and information.

Down Syndrome Family Connection:  Watch a short clip from the movie Kelly’s Hollywood and discuss ways you can make positive change for people with differing abilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures civil rights for individuals living with mental or physical disabilities, and necessitates accommodations for those people. The ADA prohibits discrimination in many areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services.

For a complete list of Council for Community Accessibility volunteer opportunities and other activities, visit www.bloomington.in.gov/cca or contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at [email protected] or at 812.349.3471.