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County celebrates disability awareness day

 
Exhibits with information and resources for individuals with disabilities, families and their supporters will be on display.
Exhibits with information and resources for individuals with disabilities, families and their supporters will be on display.
Published July 15, 2016

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens With Disabilities will hold its annual Disability Awareness Day Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Kids N Charge Building at MOSI, 4801 E Fowler Ave.

Each year, the expo celebrates the passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. This year is the 26th year the act has been in place.

The theme of this year's event is: "American with Disabilities Act (ADA) — The Next 25 Years." It will feature University of South Florida Young Innovators, entertainment from VSA Florida soloist Paul Gavin, and the Pyramid Players from Pyramid.

In conjunction with the theme and in an effort to promote artists with disabilities, VSA will be celebrating the winners of its art contest under the theme, "ADA: Building a Better Tomorrow."

"As a community, we're looking forward to innovation and advancements as far as access and inclusion with people with disabilities in our community," said Cate Baierlein, alliance co-chair.

Organizers will incorporate the theme this year, Baierlein explained, by inviting the innovators from USF to study inventions, advancements and assisted technology as well as advancements in accessible design with the presentation of the Karen Jacobs Accessibility For All Award.

The event also will feature educational presentations, art displays and more than 40 exhibits with information and resources for individuals with disabilities, families and their supporters.

Commissioner Al Higginbotham will serve as the keynote speaker. As a leader with a physical disability, he has championed causes that support inclusion and accessibility for all.

Admission to the expo is free, and discounted $8 MOSI admission tickets will be available to individuals who visit select sponsor booths.

For more information, email Baierlein at cate@changeof course.com.