WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, establishing a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities; and,
WHEREAS, the ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers, changing perceptions, and increasing opportunities for full participation and inclusion in community life; and,
WHEREAS, continued commitment to the principles of the ADA is necessary to help individuals with disabilities reach their full potential; and,
WHEREAS, on July 26, 2019, our city, state and nation will commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, recognizing and celebrating the progress that has been made; and,
WHEREAS, the City of Raleigh encourages people to reaffirm the principles of equality and inclusion laid out in the ADA and recommit our efforts to reach full ADA compliance so that every person in our city has the opportunity to succeed.
NOW, THEREFORE, do I, Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim July 26, 2019 in the City of Raleigh as AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AWARENESS DAY.
IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, to be affixed this 26th day of July 2019.