Fairfield, CT - Today marks the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This historic law provides civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to access businesses, employment, transportation, telecommunications, as well as State and local government programs and services. The Town of Fairfield continues to make strides in achieving the goals set forth in the ADA.
U.S. Census data suggests that approximately 10-15% of the Fairfield population reports having a disability. "The Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to our residents. We are proud of the steps Fairfield has taken to make our community a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone." said Julie DeMarco, Director of Human and Social Services.
Last year, the Fairfield Human Services Commission established the Committee for People with Disabilities to help those with disabilities participate more fully in community life. Its mission is to ensure that Fairfield is a welcoming community where individuals with disabilities can lead active and fulfilling lives.
"I look forward to addressing the needs of those with physical and developmental challenges now and into the future, and to insure that Fairfield continues to be a welcoming and inclusionary community for all people," said Kris Burbank, Chair of the Committee. "This is a call to action. We encourage our friends and neighbors to do their part within the community, businesses and other organizations, to help expand inclusivity. The best way to honor ADA is to incorporate its spirit into our everyday lives."