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

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) invites community members to a celebration of the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Saturday, July 31. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Monroe County Public Library Plaza on Kirkwood Avenue.  The event will also celebrate the anniversary of Bloomington’s Council for Community Accessibility (CCA), founded in 1990 shortly before the ADA was signed into law.  

The celebration will feature inclusive, interactive activities for attendees of all ages and abilities, with chocolate chip cookies from Baked! for those who complete the activities, provided by the following organizations: 

  • Monroe County Public Library
  • Stone Belt  
  • Indiana Institute on Disability and Community   
  • Heartland Association of the American Council of the Blind  
  • Youth Self Advocates of Monroe County

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.

The CCA is a volunteer group serving the Bloomington community by promoting awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities, working to develop solutions to problems of accessibility in the community, and advocating for the interests of people with disabilities. The CCA is an open board; any member of the public may attend and participate at CCA meetings.

For questions, concerns, or a complete list of Council for Community Accessibility activities and volunteer opportunities, or contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at [email protected] or at 812-349-3471.