OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, with the express purpose of providing "a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities"; and
WHEREAS, in response to the passage of the ADA, the City of Chicago created the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, to assure accessibility compliance, promote inclusion and meet the diverse needs of Chicagoans with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago over the past 23 years has made significant progress in furthering accessibility and inclusion in all aspects of city life including transportation, public accommodations, housing, voting, employment and recreation; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago continues to improve the lives of people with disabilities by adopting legislation and implementing policies that enhance accessibility and inclusion; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago embraces the diversity, culture and contributions of its many residents with disabilities, and remains committed to compliance with the ADA across the city; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago reaffirms its commitment to become the most inclusive and accessible City in the nation, and a model for all others; and
WHEREAS, July 26, 2013, marks the 23rd anniversary of the passage of the ADA:
NOW, THEREFORE, I RAHM EMANUEL, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim July 26, 2013, to be ADA 23rd ANNIVERSARY AND COMMEMORATION DAY IN CHICAGO and urge all Chicagoans to join me in working to make the ADA's goals of equality and inclusion a reality for people with disabilities who visit, live and work in the City of Chicago.
Dated this 26th day of July, 2013.
Rahm Emanuel [signature]