25 Jul A Note from Allison: July 2023
July is always a celebratory month at New Hope of Indiana, we are happy to celebrate the 4th of July and Shark Week, but we are also proud to celebrate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This year the ADA celebrates its 33rd anniversary, having been passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President H.W. Bush in 1990. The ADA, “prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities…in employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services.” – U.S. Department of Labor.
At a recent Client Communication meeting we talked with individuals served about growing up without the ADA and how things have changed for the better for them since its passage. As you can see in the pictures below, we all had fun celebrating!
I know that many of you that read this column are well aware of the disability rights movement, and some of you have been activists for a long time. For those that want to know more, I highly suggest watching a great Netflix movie with a terrible name. “Crip Camp” is a 2020 documentary about a camp for individuals with disabilities in the 1970s. It traces the lives of some of the campers who became leaders in the Disability Rights movement, including Judith Heumann, known as the “Mother of the Disabilities Rights Movement”, who just passed away in the spring. When the enthusiasm of Barbenheimer wears down, I encourage you to watch Crip Camp!
I also encourage you to come to the Silver Cup Celebration or bid on our silent auction items. There is more information about the Silver Cup in this newsletter. The Silver Cup is New Hope’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we truly appreciate your support. Help us spread Hope around! I look forward to seeing you at the Colts Complex on August 10th!