​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Phoenix celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary with a call for nominationsPhoenix celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary with a call for nominations<div class="ExternalClassAA420A0F51584994B2565FBD43CE1D54"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>On Tuesday, July 26, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates its 26<sup>th</sup> anniversary of being signed into law. The city of Phoenix is marking this anniversary by renewing its commitment to the ADA and seeking help to highlight efforts to make Phoenix a more accessible and disability friendly city.</p><p>The Phoenix's Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues (MCDI), in cooperation with the city of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department (EOD), seeks community nominations to honor those who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of people with disabilities. Each year, these nominees are recognized at the city of Phoenix's Disability Awards and Recognition Event (DARE). ​</p><p>Nominations are being sought in five categories including:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Architectural Award:</strong> Recognizes a constituency, architect, developer, builder, planner, group or city department that has removed barriers and created full access to public/private buildings, outdoor space, thoroughfares, etc., for full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and/or made life easier through accessible transportation options.</li><li><strong>Business Awards (two awards):</strong> The Proprietary/For-Profit Business Award honors a company/business that maintains a diverse workforce by hiring persons with disabilities and/or offers full access to products or services to all customers, including those with disabilities. The Nonprofit Organization Award honors a nonprofit organization or government that maintains and implements within its mission, opportunities for full inclusion in all organizational activities. Such activities may include, but not be limited to, providing products or services, offering community-based events, or personal development or growth activities that lead to employment or other specific types of outcomes.</li><li><strong>Community Service Award:</strong> Recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution by providing and/or improving personal and community support for individuals with disabilities, including but not limited to providing independence through more choice, information and control, advocacy efforts or improving the social participation of people with disabilities.</li><li><strong>Outstanding Educator Award:</strong> This award honors an outstanding instructor, teacher or support person who recognizes and exercises his or her responsibility for the inclusion of all learners and has made extraordinary efforts to meet the needs of the students with disabilities in or outside the classroom through the use of innovative approaches.</li><li><strong>Det. Olsen Lifetime Achievement Award:</strong> Also known as the Pride of Phoenix Award, which recognizes an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to those with disabilities, and helped advance the full inclusion of all people in our community. </li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Nominations for the DARE awards are being accepted through Aug. 25, 2016 and can be submitted at <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1299621/4062785/10407/3/">phoenix.gov/eod</a>.  The winners will be honored by Mayor Stanton on Oct. 6, at the 2016 DARE award ceremony at the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix.</p></div>7/25/2016 7:00:00 AMTamra IngersollPeter Fischer602-534-9276