HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in June 26,1990, disabled people across the country gained civil rights which protected them from discrimination. The law, signed by President George W. Bush, was originally a five titled act.
It addresses making employment opportunities available, state and local service accessible, accommodations to public buildings, telecommunications easy to use, and other provisions.
Life of Mississippi is a state-wide organization that provides services for people with disabilities and works to raise awareness of the everyday struggles of a disabled person.
According to the organization’s leaders, Life of Mississippi offices in Hattiesburg has helped thousands of individuals since 1993.
They assist people in wheelchairs with getting ramps installed at home. They survey public buildings, and give businesses information on how to modify their doorways and parking lots.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA Act, Life of Mississippi is hosting a celebration for the public.
The celebration will be held Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Townsquare in Hattiesburg from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.