Spirit of ADA, Sample Proclamation

Whereas, Children and adults with disabilities are participating as full members of their communities in greater and greater numbers; and

Whereas, More and more children with disabilities are successfully integrated into their neighborhood school; and

Whereas, More and more children and adults with disabilities are playing, worshipping, working and shopping along side their neighbors; and

Whereas, More and more communities are becoming inclusive and free of physical and social barriers; and

Whereas, The Year 2000 is the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 25th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),

NOW, THEREFORE, I (NAME & TITLE) OF THE STATE OF (STATE), DO HEREBY PROCLAIM (CITY OR STATE) SUPPORT OF INITIATIVE 2000 AND THE SPIRIT OF ADA CAMPAIGN, a call for individuals, communities, and leaders to renew their commitment to an America that works for everyone.

I call to action individuals, communities, service and advocacy organizations within our state to organize activities, programs, and resources during this coming year to promote full citizenship for people with disabilities. I encourage all citizens to work together and alongside others across our nation to promote equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency for all people.