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Twin Ports Celebrates 29th Anniversary of the ADA

Twin Ports Celebrates 29th Anniversary of the ADA Twin Ports Celebrates 29th Anniversary of the ADA |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Brandon Weathers
Updated: August 02, 2019 05:06 PM

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been protecting the rights of people with disabilities for 29 years. Friday, the Twin Ports celebrated the anniversary and local efforts being made to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.

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The event held at Park Point was hosted by Access North Center for Independent Living and North Country Center for Independent Living. Access North executive director Don Brunette said, “We need accessible communities, we want inclusive communities, and the perfect time to celebrate is around the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

Exhibit booths featured business, art, and advocacy. Several ADA advocates spoke, including performing artist Gaelynn Lea who also performed.

Great Lakes Aquarium was presented with an accessibility award, and both the City of Duluth and the City of Superior presented Mayoral proclamations. Duluth City Councilor Zack Filipovich said, “It’s so important to highlight this act and the items that we have done in Duluth, and that we will continue to improve upon here in Duluth to help make accessibility more of a priority.”

Superior Mayor Jim Paine pointed out several recent projects that focus on accessibility.

“We have the all abilities park that we are going to be building in just a couple of weeks in South End to make sure children of all abilities can play right with their mobile peers, we have the accessibility improvements to Barker’s Island which have just been completed to make sure everybody can get to that beach and experience it, including getting into the water, and probably most important, the accessibility improvements to Wisconsin Point so that people who are maybe wheelchair bound are able to get up on top of the dunes and see the best view in Superior maybe for the first time in the City’s history,” Paine said.

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