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Access to Independence of Cortland County Treasurer Cindy Schlenker cuts a cake commemorating 24 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act during a picnic celebration Saturday at Courthouse Park in Cortland.

Group celebrates helping disabled

By TYRONE L. HEPPARD
Staff Reporter
Around 120 Cortland residents and members of Access to Independence of Cortland County gathered Saturday afternoon in Courthouse Park in Cortland for food, fun and an announcement during its 16th annual picnic to celebrate the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, the ADA became the federal governments attempt to end decades of discrimination against those with limiting physical and mental impairments.
“We hold this event each year as a way to just recognize how far our society has come in the last 24 years,” Access to Independence CEO Chad Underwood said Saturday, “but also to recognize how much further we still have to go.”

 

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