Written by LaCandice McCray, CFILC's Outreach & Training Advocate
Disability Capitol Action Day (DCAD) is one of the largest cross-disability events in our country since its beginning in 2004. This year, on May 26th, 2010 the Disability Action Coalition will host its 7th annual Disability Capitol Action Day in alliance with the California In-Home Support Services Consumer Alliance (CICA).
Together we will join in solidarity to recognize the 20th year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Civil Rights act for the disability community, on the West lawn of the Capitol. Despite the ongoing State Budget threats to our communities, we will join forces and educate the Legislature on what Californians with disabilities need in order to remain in their own homes and living in the community.
The day will start with a March to the West Steps of the Capitol from 15th and L streets, followed by an Educational Rally including testimonials about the impact of the ADA, performances, and guest speakers. Throughout the day, a Resource Fair will take place on both sides of the West lawn featuring 30+ organizations from around the state. Lunch will also be served midday, and the day ends with participants making legislative visits inside the Capitol. There is still time for you to register for DCAD 2010 and find out more information by visiting, www.disabilityactioncoalition.org.
For those of you who have visited any of the past 6 Capitol Action Days, what have been your experiences? Why is this event important for people in the community to attend? If you cannot attend this year’s event, how do you plan on celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ADA? Are you planning to attend?