Picnic in Niagara Falls to celebrate two legal milestones for citizens with disabilities, and explore new directions in advocacy


The Cataract City’s premier consumer-run human service and advocacy agency for people with disabilities, Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC), will hold a Disability Pride Niagara Olmstead Family Picnic at The Centennial Shelter in Hyde Park in Niagara Falls, New York on Thursday June 22nd.
That date was selected, as it is the 18th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision “that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).” This determination has helped many citizens escape needless institutionalization, as it requires public agencies to provide services “in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities.”
In celebration of Olmstead and the ADA, the 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM event includes FREE food, fun, and games. Also, in light of likely changes that the Trump administration intends to make in programs serving citizens with disabilities, ILNC Director Sarah K. Lanzo and WNYIL Director of Advocacy and Public Policy Todd Vaarwerk will be holding a discussion with attendees concerning what advocacy actions they prefer.
To ensure that we have enough food, if you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P. to (716) 284-4131, ext. 200. We look forward to having you celebrate with us!
Independent Living of Niagara County is a member of the Western New York Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL) family of agencies that offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

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