In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, New York City is celebrating Disability Pride throughout July with ADA25NYC.
According to the ADA25NYC website: “The Big Apple leads the United States and the world in so many fields, and this historic initiative is no exception. We’re going to host the biggest celebration in the nation this summer and throughout 2015. We’ll inspire New Yorkers to set – and expect – a new standard for accessibility in our own city, the nation, and beyond.”
Here is a round up of events that allow you to join in the celebration!
Disability Pride Parade
Kick things off with the first ever Disability Pride Parade on Sunday, July 12th! The parade kicks off at Madison Square Park at noon, traveling down Broadway to Union Square. The parade will culminate with an extravaganza on the big stage featuring performances from disabled musicians, dancers and comedians – including our friend Frank Senior!
Click here for more info on the Disability Pride Parade.
The ADA Legacy Project Bus
The ADA Legacy Bus is a rolling exhibition designed to raise awareness nationwide about the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act – and it’s coming to NYC!
Here is the schedule for it’s NYC visit:
Monday, July 13
9am – 11:30am – Bronx Borough Hall
2:30pm – 5pm – Queens Borough Hall
Tuesday, July 14
9am – 11:30am – Brooklyn Borough Hall
2pm – 5pm – Staten Island Ferry
Dog Days of Summer at the Met
It certainly feels like the Dog Days of Summer with the heat and humidity we are experiencing in NYC, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art is even taking that literally!
For two days in July, guide dogs with their visually impaired and sighted humans are invited to discover dogs at work and play in paintings and sculpture.
Note: Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Access and Community Programs at 212-650-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Do You Dream In Color’ Screening
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will also be hosting two screenings of the film “Do You Dream in Color”, which follows the journeys of four courageous teenagers who are blind as they to achieve their goals: to be a sponsored skateboarder, to travel the world, to become a rock star, and to be the first family member to graduate from high school.
The screening will be followed with a Q&A session with the filmmakers.
View the promo for the film:
SUMMER OF REELABILITIES
ReelAbilities Film Festival is hosting free screenings citywide through August 4th. Check out their lineup of films on their website.