2017 Northern Shenandoah Valley Disability Awareness Week

4/8/2017

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Virginians with Disabilities Act in 1985 to ensure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities, and it is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the United States Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications; and

WHEREAS, people with disabilities often overcome common misunderstandings about their circumstances and make valuable contributions to their families and communities; and

WHEREAS, disability is a natural part of the human experience, and individuals with disabilities deserve the same rights as their peers to make choices, live independently, enjoy self-determination, contribute to society, and participate fully in the American experience; and

WHEREAS, the community plays a central role in enhancing the lives of people with disabilities, and people with disabilities benefit from having a network of supportive friends and family, an accommodating employer, and community leaders who are aware of the needs and abilities of people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Access Independence, Inc., is a not-for-profit, community-based center for independent living that supports awareness and education of on-going initiatives to enhance public understanding of, and appreciation for, abilities possessed by those with disabilities, and seeks to involve the community in all aspects of Northern Shenandoah Valley Disability Awareness Week;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 8-14, 2017, as NORTHERN SHENANDOAH VALLEY DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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