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ASF’s Caitie Sarubbi Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Passing of the Americans with Disability Act at the White House

Written by Caitie Sarubbi

July 26, 2010 was a great day in American history. It was the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disability Act. This act was a great step forward for the American disabled

Paralympic athletes Bonnie St. John and Caitie Sarubbi at the White House.

community. The DOA encompasses many topics including regulations that buildings have to follow to be accessible, and outlaws discrimination against persons with disabilities. I was fortunate enough to be invited down to the White House for this momentous occasion.

It was a sunny, hot day in Washington D.C. When some of the most influential people in the disabled community entered the White House gates on 15th and Hamilton. After meeting some great people, and reconnecting with people I already knew, it was time to take our seats. The celebration was a fast moving 60 minutes, full of great speakers and entertainers. Legendary singer Patti LaBelle graced the crowd with her amazing voice. Finally, President Obama took the stage to address this important event. He spoke of his father-in-law who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis, and he even threw in a “yes we can.” But most importantly, he talked about what he and his administration arecommitted to doing for the disabled community to further their rights and aid them in living the American Dream. The President even signed a bill stating that the federal government and the White House would be a model employer of people with disabilities right on that very stage.

It was such an honor for me to attend this extraordinary event and I am so grateful for the opportunity.