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Exhibit Features Civil Rights Movement For People With Disabilities

May 7, 2015

Self-advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities is the focus of an upcoming exhibit to be presented in Rutland by the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL).

The traveling exhibit, offered by the Museum of Disability History in Buffalo, New York, is called “Self Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves.” It will be available for viewing from May 18-22 and May 26-29 on the first floor of the Asa Bloomer Building at 88 Merchants Row in Rutland, as well as from June 1-12 at the Rutland Free Library.

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, which was enacted on July 26, 1990 in support of the civil rights of people with disabilities. We have activities planned throughout the state in honor of this historic legislation,” said Sarah Launderville, executive director of VCIL, a statewide disabilities rights organization with a branch office in Rutland.

Launderville added, “The ADA has been pivotal in helping to create more accessible communities, opportunities in employment, better communication and enhancing the ability of people with disabilities to live independently. It all came from the courage of people with disabilities speaking out and sharing their story.”

Be sure to watch for more events offered by VCIL in the Rutland area and statewide during the month of July in recognition of the ADA anniversary. For more information about the Self-Advocacy exhibit or VCIL, call Glenn Reed at (802) 917-2414 or send an email to greed@vcil.org. For more information about outdoor events in Vermont honoring the 25th anniversary of the ADA, check out the “Inclusive Vermont” page of the state’s official tourism website (www.VermontVacation.com/inclusive-vermont).