An American Baptist leader says this summer’s 25th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act provides an opportunity for churches to both celebrate and explore ways to be more accessible, hospitable and inclusive of persons with disabilities and their families.
The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition, a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities, is seeking 2,500 signatures on a pledge for faith communities to commit to full implementation of the law that has improved the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities by the 25th anniversary on July 26.
“The 25th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity for faith communities to celebrate the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities while also identifying remaining barriers to full access,” said Bill Gaventa, director of the Collaborative on Faith and Disability, a clearinghouse for ongoing projects, best practices, upcoming events and other resources addressing topics at the intersection of disability, spirituality and faith communities.
The collaborative and the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition are co-sponsoring the faith-outreach initiative along with the ADA National Network and the ADA Legacy Project, which is dedicated to preserving history of the disability rights movement, celebrating milestones and educating the public.
In addition to signing the pledge, churches can take advantage of a wide range of resources to celebrate the 25th anniversary available here.
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