The City of Evanston and Village of Skokie are holding a two-day joint celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

As part of the celebration, the City of Evanston and the Village of Skokie will host a joint conference to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The conference will take place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. The conference will feature roundtable discussions on the following topics: transition from high school to adulthood; Social Security and work incentives; and life planning and transportation issues.

Opening remarks will be presented by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl and Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen. After the roundtable, there will be a panel discussion featuring members of the business community, who will discuss the economic and social benefits of employing persons with disabilities.

In addition, three films My Country, Ten Small Business Mistakes and ADA Celebration video will be shown from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. The themes are variations of overcoming personal challenges and how the ADA has helped. 

After the films, there will be a discussion moderated by Nancy Flowers, Social Work Manager from Rainbow Hospice in Park Ridge and formally the Regional Ombudsman for the City of Evanston. In addition, an art exhibit by artists from Arts for Life from Glenview will be on display. 

For more information, please contact Brian Barnes at 847-448-8054 or bbarnes@cityofevanston.org or Juanita Davis at 847-933-8208 or Juanita.Davis@skokie.org. For help with accommodations for either of the two-day events, please contact Brian Barnes.