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Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the ADA at a presentation of "Lives Worth Living" to include discussion and refreshments

Graphic of People with disabilities protesting

Above photograph shows persons with disabilities protesting
no access to sidewalk and demanding curb cuts.


Portland’s Disability Program & Office of Equity and Human Rights
present “Lives Worth Living: Film and Discussion” on August 17

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and it is being celebrated on Thursday, August 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., with a showing of “Lives Worth Living.” The anniversary event is being held by the City of Portland Disability Program and the Office of Equity and Human Rights. It will be held in the Steele Room on the fifth floor of the Commonwealth Building, 421 S.W. 6th Avenue, and will include refreshments and open discussion.

Often called the only documentary on the rise of the disability rights movement, this 60-minute documentary covers the successful efforts by people with disabilities to make legislation change for access and eventually achieve passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. 

People with disabilities are one of the largest minorities in the United States. But for most of American history, they occupied a sub-class of millions without access to everyday things most citizens take for granted: schools, apartment buildings, public transportation, and more. Some were forcibly sterilized under state laws. Others were committed to horrifying institutions where they were left and forgotten. 

After World War II, however, things began to change, thanks to a small group of determined people with an unwavering determination to live their lives like anyone else, and to liberate all disabled Americans of the limitations their government refused to accommodate.

Lives Worth Living traces the development of consciousness of these pioneers who realized that in order to change the world they needed to work together. Through demonstrations and inside legislative battles, the disability rights community secured equal civil rights for all people with disabilities. Thanks to their efforts, tens of millions of people's lives have been changed. Information about Lives Worth Living is available on Story Line Motion Pictures website.

Any questions about the event or accommodations needs may be directed to Joanne Johnson, Disability Program Coordinator, at 503-823-9970 or The film will be shown with open captions and descriptive audio. The venue is wheelchair accessible. It is a scent-free event, so please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and other scented products.

Graphic of I stand for disability rights poster.

Above: Poster that reads I STAND FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS.