July 26, 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a piece of legislation that has allowed people with disabilities to lead more active and independent lives in our communities.
Adults from the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) attended a celebration on Fountain Square Monday to commemorate and honor the efforts of individuals who made this legislation a reality.
Several booths varying from local Lions Clubs to organizations providing services to those with disabilities were on display. Entertainment and special programs from local groups were also offered during the four-hour event.
Before the ADA was passed, people with disabilities often had a hard time participating in groups, organizations, churches, etc.
It was even difficult for someone with a disability to obtain a job, much less retain that position for longer than a few months.
With the help of ADA, employers are now able to learn techniques on how they can help employees with disabilities become successful and important members of their team.
In addition, the ADA has assisted individuals with disabilities to learn how they can help themselves succeed in their communities.
To learn about programs and services for people with disabilities in Clermont County, visit the CCDD website at www.clermontdd.org.