In commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors declared the week of July 21st “Americans with Disabilities Act 29th Anniversary Week”. On July 23, 2019, Board Chair Rex Bohn presented the Board’s Proclamation to Kevin O’Brien, Tri-County Independent Living’s Board President.
The Proclamation states “ the people of Humboldt County are proud to join together to commemorate this anniversary as we reflect upon the positive impact the ADA has had on our country and as we commit ourselves to further its implementation for the welfare of all of our residents.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990, guaranteeing equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 American Community Survey and the 2010 Census, there are approximately 22,500 people with disabilities residing in Humboldt County.
Research shows that every person has a 20% chance of becoming a person with a disability and a 50% chance of having a family member with a disability. These numbers are expected to increase over time as our population ages.