Tenth Anniversary Year of the ADA

The United States Postal Service is currently issuing a series of stamps entitled "Celebrate the Century", commemorating important events of recent decades. They have already "done" the 1950s, '60s,and '70s. They are currently accepting votes on nominated events of the 1980s.

In May, 1999, the Postal Service will ask all citizens to go to their website at www.usps.com and vote on several proposed subjects for stamps in that series commemorating key events of the 1990s. They will not accept write-in votes, but only votes on the five or six nominated events.

For many of us, the obvious number one event of the 1990s was the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. With the ADA under attack in the courts, it would be a very good thing to have a stamp promoting public awareness of the Act as a valuable part of the American way of life.

There is a consumer advisory committee that makes the decision on what goes on the ballot for each decade. They are still accepting nominations for the 1990's. The more public interest (letters) they get for a particular nomination, the better chance it has of getting on the ballot.

So - if we want to have the passage of the ADA considered as a memorable event of the 1990's we have to write letters to this committee asking for this. Remember to mention the Turn of the Century program and the nominations for the 1990's.

Send your letters to:

The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
United States Postal Service
475 L'enfant Plaza SW
Room 4474E
Washington, D.C. 20260-2437

and tell them that we want to see an ADA stamp issued in the year 2000, the Tenth Anniversary Year of the ADA, as a part of their Celebrate the Century series.

Please spread this letter writing request to other mailing lists and disability groups. We need to act quickly. They will be making nominations soon.

For more info:

David Howell,
Los Angeles ADAPT