15th ADA Memorial 5k, 10k, & 1m
This year on July 26 will mark the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law,
and on Saturday, July 23rd, Access to a Better Tomorrow, will hold the 15th Annual ADA Memorial 5k,
10k, & 1m wellness and awareness event on the Historic Downtown Square in Gainesville for the Civil Rights Anniversary.
For more informartion please visit the event website at: www.adamemorial.org
There are several ways to pre-register for the event. Online registration is up and running at Active.com and Runsignup.com or if you would rather mail in your entry fee you can Download the registration form
Lunch & Learn & Learn held with with GA Adapt
Georgians with Disabilities face many roadblocks to full
independence and freedom. Issues like Long Waiting Lists
for personal support services, little to no accessible
housing or transportation options, inaccessible sidewalks,
and very few employment prospects with not a lot of change in sight.
To talk about the issues, on January 20th, ABT and GA Adapt hosted Advocates, Community Leaders, Individuals, and Family Members to the Civic Center in Gainesville, GA for a Community Conversation over Lunch.
Some of the information discussed at the event included telling participants about the history of the disability movement, about current issues, and what can be done to remove these roadblocks to life, libery, and the pursuit of happiness and freedom. Issues like the Extremely Long Georgia Medicaid Waiver Waiting Lists Download the(Waiting List statistics as of June 30, 2015) and the Community First Choice Option Overview.
Adapt of GA believes the State of Georgia should elect this CMS Option to eliminate the Waiting Lists to fully comply with the Olmstead Decision not just focusing narrowly on the DOJ Olmstead Settlement.
The State's focus should be on reducing the disparity of people being forced to reside in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, when a person's Primary Care Physician has ordered that the person is able to live on their own with personal support services. But because of the Waiting Lists and little to no accessible housing or transportation options, fully participating in society is near impossible. These people with disabilities would much rather live in their own Home and receive Community-Based Services at a much-less financial cost to Georgia Taxpayers and the State.
Access Classic Texas Hold 'em Benefit Tournaments
ABT put on two tournaments in January at the
American Legion Hall in Gainesville, GA to benefit the
the North GA Screamin' Eagles in their efforts to upgrade to new high-performance power wheelchairs.
Laroy "Squeaky" Deleon edged out Chuck Bryan in the 1st event, and Tim Pressley took First over Justin Pressley in the 2nd tournament. Plans are to start holding a regular "Quarterly" tournament on Sunday afternoons. If you are interested in playing, drop us an email .
4th Annual Head Hawg Cornhole Tournament draws a crowd
On August 21 & 22, ABT held the 4th Annual Head Hawg
Cornhole Tournament during the Dawsonville
Music and Beer Festival behind the Georgia
Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville,
GA. Paul Mumper was the winner of the Singles
tournament on Friday night, and Eddie Melvin was the
runner-up, with Sheila Melvin being the 1st Female
finisher. In the Doubles tournament on Saturday, the 1st
place trophy went to the team Amateurs (Wendell Bowen
& Jerry Manis), beating Cornhole Life (Greg Howard
& Bobby Mumper) in the final round. Special thanks
to Syfan Logistics for sponsoring the event and
providing the prize money for the Doubles tournament.
The rain held off until Saturday night allowing both tournaments to be held, and everyone in attendance at the 3rd Annual Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival had a great time. Join us next year for the 5th annual event, which will feature both amatuer and professional divisions. If you are interested in sponsoring or playing please contact us.
The ADA turned 25
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives civil
rights protections to individuals with disabilities that
are like those provided to individuals on the basis of
race, sex, national origin, and religion. It guarantees
equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in
employment, public accommodations, transportation, State
and local government services, and telecommunications.1
To honor the 25th Annivesary, ABT held the 14th ADA Memorial 5k, 9k, & 1m on July 25th on the Square in Gainesville. The weather was perfect, and an overcast sky held the July sun at bay while nearly 150 runners took part in the the multiple distance awareness & wellness event. Pedram Esmeelzadeh was the 1st Male to cross the Finish Line for the 5k with a time of 20.25, and Courtney Dwyer was the 1st Female in the 5k at the 21.8 mark. In the 9k distance, Taylor Harrell from Hawkinsville was the 1st Male, finishing with a time of 36.15, and Deborah Mulcahy from Suwanee was the 1st Female to finish with the time of 40.44. A full list of finishing times can be found here
Gainesville City Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras read a proclamation from the City, and Clay Christy of Brickhouse Mobile DJ kept the atmosphers festive. A special thanks for all our sponsors and volunteers that helped make everything possible. A photographer from Runningintheusa posted some great images from this year's race here and we have additional photos on the ADA Memorial site here.
As part of our ADA awareness campaign in 2015, ABT was lucky enough to have the ADA Legacy Project Tour twice in May. The mission of the ADA Legacy Project is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by: Preserving the history of the disability rights movement; celebrating its milestones; and educating the public and future generations of advocates.
The ADA Legacy Project & Tour led by the beautiful Road to Freedom Bus and Captained by Veteran Disability Rights photographer Tom Olin. Tom along with assistance from a host of volunteers, traveled well over 20,000 miles through more 30 states, and made over 100 stops along the way. The was on full display on the Anniversary July 26th at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The tour is moving testament to the work of thousands of disability rights activists, and we commend everyone for their hard work. Visit www.ADALegacy.org to read more about the tour and all the work of this ongoing project.