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Fedcap And Partners Participate In Disability Pride Parade

Jennifer Shaoul, NYC HRA Executive Director of Disability Affairs, far right, marches with the team from HRA.On Sunday June 12th, over 3,000 people participated in a march down Broadway from Madison Square Park to Union Square to honor the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark federal legislation that guaranteed equal opportunities and rights for people with disabilities. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, had declared July as Disability Pride Month in New York City. “We are sharing an historical moment together,” he said in opening remarks. “I hope today is the beginning of even more resolve to achieve greater inclusion.” .  

Arnie Doran, ACCES-VR Regional Coordinator for Marketing, center, and the ACCES-VR team march in Sunday's parade.Fedcap COO Joe Giannetto and staff represented Fedcap at the march. Also participating were Fedcap partners including ACCES–VR and the NYC Human Resources Administration.

“I was thrilled to participate in this milestone event with our longtime agency partners HRA and ACCES–VR, which have done so much to improve the lives of people with disabilities and provide them with the same opportunities as everyone else,” Joe said. “Fedcap is proud to stand with our partners in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA.

Fedcap COO Joseph Giannetto, right, and Robert Reiter, Fedcap Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Services pose at Sunday's parade.The grand marshal was of the parade was former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), who sponsored the Americans With Disabilities Act 25 years ago. “I may be retired from the Senate, but I’m not retired from the fight,” Harkin told the cheering crowd. “We know that when companies hire people with disabilities they get the best workers, the most loyal workers, the most productive workers.”

The parade was one in a month-long series of events planned for July relating to New Yorkers with disabilities. Others include an exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society titled “Gaining Access: The New York City Disability Rights Movement.”