Ill. officials to celebrate accessibility law

July 14, 2011

The Associated Press

President George Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act during a ceremony lawn of the White House July 26, 1990.

Illinois state officials will celebrate the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The special event at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop on Thursday will highlight the accomplishments of people with disabilities through an art exhibit and demonstration, hands-on art activities, entertainment, interactive exhibits, workshops and a three-on-three wheelchair basketball tournament. 

The festivities will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a speaking program at noon. 

Guests will include the directors of the Illinois departments of Human Services, Human Rights, Natural Resources and the commissioner of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. 

The ADA was a landmark law that improved accessibility for disabled people.