Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT) invites all to join us at our offices in Billings (1201 Grand Avenue) and Glendive (120 S. Kendrick Ave.) on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, for a celebration of the 33rd Anniversary of the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The landmark bipartisan civil rights legislation, which marked the first time in history a nation put into law the concept that people with disabilities are first and foremost citizens entitled to the same rights, protections, and access to their communities as non-disabled persons was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in a White House ceremony on July 26, 1990.
From noon to 2 p.m., there will be a Job and Resource Fair in the front parking lot where all are invited to explore job opportunities as well as programs and services that can help them obtain skills and resources that promote independence.
LIFTT would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for prioritizing disability inclusion in the workforce: RiverStone Health, STEP Inc., the Billings Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Yellowstone County, Montana Job Service, Montana Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Low Vision Services, The Montana Statewide Independent Living Council, the Healthy by Design Coalition, The Montana Department of Justice, and the Montana Commissioner of Insurance and Securities.
In addition to the information tables, the RiverStone Health mobile vaccination unit will be on-site offering to those 18 years and older, COVID-19, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and HPV vaccines (Human papillomavirus). Those wishing to receive shots are asked to have their insurance information with them if available.
The 406 Wings food truck will be on-site with lunch for purchase and at 1 p.m. there will be Free ADA birthday cake, ice cream, and coffee courtesy of LIFTT, Altana FCU, and City Brew.
At 2 p.m. in the LIFTT Community Room, disabled and political leaders will offer brief remarks on the meaning of the ADA and how integrated employment is critical for the creation of a truly diverse and inclusive society.
From noon to 4 p.m. at the Glendive LIFTT office (120 South Kendrick Avenue) LIFTT team members will be providing information on the history & legacy of the ADA as well as about the agencies’ programs and services which are designed to empower people with disabilities to break down the physical, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers that prevent them from being fully independent participants in their lives and communities.
The Crazy Asian’s Kitchen and Bully Burgers & Bites food trucks will be on-site with lunch for purchase and at 1 p.m. there will be Free ADA birthday cake and coffee courtesy of LIFTT.
Later at sunset, Love Like Justice will help LIFTT mark the ADA anniversary by lighting the historic Bell Street Bridge in LIFTT’s teal and orange colors.
About Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT): LIFTT is a Montana 501(c)3 corporation organized as a Center for Independent Living (CIL). With team members based in Billings and Glendive, LIFTT provides people with disabilities with programs and services that help empower them to break down the physical, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers that prevent them from being fully independent participants in their lives and communities throughout 18 counties in southeastern and south central Montana: Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Golden Valley, McCone, Musselshell, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Stillwater, Wibaux, and Yellowstone. For more information, please visit liftt.org or download our mobile app on Apple or Google Play.