Community celebrates 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

ST. GEORGE — The Red Rock Center for Independence along with Dixie State University are hosting two special celebrations in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and everyone is invited to attend.

Monday evening resource gathering

Monday from 5-8 p.m. there will be a free and informative event held on the lawn east of the university’s Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building. There will be free food, entertainment, an art showcase, informational resource booths and much more.

Monday night is really for the families and friends of people with diabilities to come and find helpful resources to make life a little better, organizer Julie Goodrich said.

Some of the support groups attending Monday’s event include:

  • Thematic brain injury, or TBI, support group
  • Disability support group
  • Wheelchair support group
  • Bereavement support group
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or AFSP, suicide prevention and family bereavement support group

Also attending will be Sherry Woodard from the Best Friends Animal Society’s program “Canines with Careers.” This unique program pairs people who face various challenges with dogs that Woodward has deemed to have “the right stuff” to become assistance, therapy and search and rescue dogs, Best Friends Media Director Barbara Williamson said.

“DSU and RRCI are encouraging different agencies and businesses to set-up a booth explaining their programs and services to our community” said Barbara Lefler, executive director of the Red Rock Center for Independence. “We are looking to celebrate the opportunities of the past 25 years with fun, colorful booths that are informative.”

Dixie State University is providing free food to those who visit five booths or more, according to a press release on behalf of the event organizers.

Thursday evening concert

The celebration continues Thursday night at 7 p.m. with a free musical concert held at the Cox Performing Arts Center, 225 S. 700 E., St. George.

Musical numbers will be performed by members of the special needs community including the Don’t Laugh at me Players, and a variety of other performers.

“The music concert is for the disabled community,” Goodrich said, “so that they can come together in unity and show that despite their diabilities they are uniquely able.”

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Event details

  • What: Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilties Act
  • When: Monday, March 23, 5-8 p.m. | Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Monday: Dixie State University, grass east of the Holland Building | Thursday: Cox Performing Arts Center, 225 S. 700 E., St. George
  • Cost: Free

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