The Alameda County Board of Supervisors celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by honoring WID, recognizing our 40th anniversary as a global organization rooted in the rich history of activism and rights movements in Alameda County, California, where our headquarters has been located since our founding in 1983. Thank you Alameda County Board of Supervisors for this incredible honor!
Read the transcribed proclamation below!
“Proclamation: Board of Supervisors, County, Of Alameda, state of California. Americans with disabilities act, July 26, 2023, recognizing World Institute on Disability.
Whereas, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark legislation that has transformed the lives of millions of Americans living with disabilities; and
Whereas, the ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, as a testament to our nation’s commitment to equality, justice, and inclusion for all individuals, regardless of their physical or mental abilities; and
Whereas the ADA has played a significant role in breaking down barriers and promoting equal opportunities by prohibiting discrimination with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation, in public accommodations; and
Whereas we acknowledge, and recognize the profound impact of the World Institute on Disability in advancing disability rights, promoting inclusivity and advocating for a more accessible society; and
Whereas the World Institute on Disability, a pioneering organization established in 1983, has tirelessly championed the rights of individuals with disabilities advocating for policies and practices that enhance their independence, dignity and full participation in all aspects of life; and
Whereas the World Institute on Disability has been at the forefront of groundbreaking research, innovative programs, and collaborative partnerships, driving positive change and empowering individuals with disabilities to break down barriers and overcome societal challenges. Their commitment to fostering accessible communities and promoting the rights of individuals with disabilities has not only influenced national discourse, but also inspired organizations, governments, and advocates around the world to follow suit.
Whereas on the special occasion the Alameda County Board of Supervisors congratulates and extends our deepest gratitude to the World Institute on Disability for their 40th anniversary of unwavering dedication, leadership, and tireless efforts in advancing disability rights and empowering individuals with disabilities to live with dignity and independence.
Therefore, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors recognizes the World Institute on Disability 40th anniversary and proclaims the July 26, 2023 as the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We commend and celebrate WID’s commitment to building a more equitable society that values the contributions of individuals with disabilities and the legacy of ADA impact on our community.”