Friday, June 25, 2010

The 20th Anniversay of the ADA!

Disability activists around the USA are gearing up to recognize the 20th Anniversary of the implementation of The Americans with Disabilities Act, perhaps the most important piece of civil rights legislation passed by Congress since the 1960s.

One activist asked Google -- the company known for changing its search engine page logo to honor different occasions -- to recognize the ADA. He writes ...
As you may know, Independent Living Resource Center SF is planning a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We asked Google to help us celebrate and raise awareness about the ADA by changing its Doodle on July 26, 2010 to reflect the anniversary. Google
replied that the ADA is "not the type of event promoted on [its] home page." 

And yet Google HAS changed its Doodle to reflect the anniversary of a constructed language called "Esperanto," to celebrate Jacques Cousteau's 100th birthday, and even to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Pac-Man video game! While there is nothing wrong with Pac-Man, per se, we do feel that it is insulting to choose to celebrate a video game in lieu of a piece of civil rights legislation that has won new levels of freedom for the millions of Americans with disabilities. One in five Americans has a disability, after all!

You can help by joining our Facebook Cause and by taking the pledge to tell your Facebook
friends about the campaign. Feel free to forward this far and wide. Friends, Google is known for having progressive politics so let's hold it accountable to its image. We are paying attention.

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