The Disability Committee of the Denton County Democratic Party will be host a disability rights rally commemorating the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"ADA29" will be held at 7 p.m. July 27 at the Courthouse on the Square in downtown Denton.

"It's important to celebrate the anniversary of our civil rights," said Val Vera, lead organizer of the event. "At the same time, we need to bring to light the lack of access and inclusion the disability community still faces."

The event will feature a proclamation from the city, a march around the courthouse and speeches from disability rights activists from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Julie Ross, Alejandrina Guzman and Lauren Taylor, Ms. Wheelchair Texas from Denton.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. However, local and national businesses, programs and services still violate the law, the committee says in its news release.

There are more than 66,000 Denton County residents with disabilities, including 13,000 in Denton.

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