Hands Around Idaho Capitol Marks a Quarter-Century of ADA 

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The year was 1990. The world was mourning the passing of Muppet creator Jim Henson; Cheers and Twin Peaks were the hot television shows;, Home Alone and Ghost were the big motion pictures; East and West Germany were reunified; the Hubble Telescope was launched into space and President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights act prohibiting discrimination based on disability.

Twenty-five years later, advocates will circle the Idaho Statehouse, Friday, July 17 to celebrate the quarter-century mark of the ADA.

“We don’t want special treatment, we just want equal access,” said Dana Gover, Hands Around the Capitol Event Coordinator and ADA Specialist.

Dozens of American cities are expected to see proclamation signed Friday, marking what they say is continued growth toward full implementation of the ADA, while many advocates remind citizens that there is still much work ahead.

“Many cities are small and can’t comply,” said Gover. “We understand resources are limited. This event brings awareness to the Americans with Disability Act. It means a lot to families to be able to go out and recreate together.”

The Boise, Idaho celebration will include music, awards and plenty of speeches. Additionally more than 40 public awareness booths will be set up at the Statehouse to provide ADA-related information, ranging from accessible-voting options to home- and community-based services.

“It’s kind of a one-stop-shop. People are welcome to come ask questions. We want to bring people together and recognize civil rights laws,” said Gover.

The highlight will happen when advocates hold hands to wrap the Idaho Statehouse, a five-year tradition.

”In the past we have partnered with over 15 organizations. We have 20 sponsors this year, which is pretty amazing. It’s a huge thing, and we couldn’t do it without them,” said Gover.

Idaho advocates say Hands Around the Capitol is the only ADA event of its kind in the nation. More information can be found on their Facebook page and a full schedule can be found at the Northwest ADA Center’s website

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