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07/23/2015 (All day) - 07/30/2015 (All day)


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July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Celebrations are taking place across the nation.  On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.   The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.  The ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers and changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life. However, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if we remain committed to continue our efforts to fully implement the ADA.  On the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, celebrate with SWCI and recognize the progress that has been made by reaffirming the principles of equality and inclusion and recommitting your efforts to reach full ADA compliance!



é  A CELEBRATION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT – Join SWCI at our offices (3473 Main #23, elevator on the east end, ask the construction guys to let you pass!) on Thurs 07/23 from noon – 2:30 p.m. or watch from home on your computer!  The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Access Board will present “available as a live stream broadcast on   Speakers will include Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Vanita Gupta, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, Senator Bob Dole, Senator Tom Harkin, and Representative Steny Hoyer.  NPR’s Joe Shapiro will moderate a panel of people with disabilities, who have seen their lives changed because of enforcement actions that the Justice Department and the EEOC have taken to ensure that the civil rights of people with disabilities are upheld.  In addition, Bob Williams will read “Doing Justice,” a poem he wrote for this event.  The live stream broadcast on will include captions and audio description.  To access the event yourself on 07/23, go to the link to the broadcast:  Even if you can’t attend, please sign the pledge at


é  DURANGO CELEBRATION OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT - Please join SWCI on Friday 07/24 for our annual ADA Celebration! This year we will meet at the Durango Post Office (222 W 8th Street) from 10:00 - noon to teach people about accessible doors and counters! There will be air conditioning and restrooms next door at the Transit Center. We'd especially love to see you if you have had trouble opening the doors or reaching the card readers at the post office.  J   Call Jason at 259-1672 if you have questions.


é  ROCHESTER’S SECRET GARDEN CONCERT SERIES -  This year the concert series will benefit 12 Durango non-profits with a different organization featured each Wednesday from 4:30 – 7:00 pm.  See the attached flyer and attend as often as you can, because all of the organizations will split the money from the whole series!  SWCI will be featured nextWednesday, 07/29 with music by The Assortment and dinner with The Box.  Please join us!            


é  CDHS Summer Planning Tour 2015 -  The Colorado Department of Human Services is conducting a series of town hall meetings to solicit feedback, comments, and suggestions to help inform the direction of the department and priorities for the coming year.  Please join us on tour for a Summer Planning Session on Wed 08/05 at 10:30am at Durango Public Library (1900 East Third Avenue).  Preregister at The forum will be accessible to all persons. Auxiliary aids and services such as Sign Language Interpreters, CART services, Language Interpretation services, materials in braille or large print and FM systems may be made available upon request. Please contact Kristina Mueller (303.866.2804 or Devon Reichart (303.866.4621 or to request access services in advance of the meeting. For those requesting communication services, please indicate which type of service you would like and which Strategic Planning meeting you will be attending -  Aging and Adult Services, Child Welfare Programs, Early Childhood Care and Learning, Economic Security Programs, Behavioral Health, or Data and Performance Measures.  When requesting modifications, please provide at least two (2) business days advance notice.  Hosted by our County Commissioners -  Brad Blake, Gwen Lachelt, and Julie Westendorff!



ê Fundraiser - A person with Parkinson’s Disease is trying to fundraise for medical debt and gas money for treatment.  Please check out his Indian Tacos on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 – 90:00 pm.  Call the Days End motel to order & pick up:  259-3311 and ask for Tom!

ê Help Wanted - Dylan Douglas is always looking for disabled veterans to hire as painters.  Please

ê Independent Living Center information – Please see the attached white paper developed by Aron Snyder of the No Wrong Door project.  It tells about our mandates, our funding, and our governance.



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07/23/2015 (All day) - 07/30/2015 (All day)
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