Independent Living Center of Kern County celebrate milestone


The Independent Living Center of Kern County will celebrate another milestone. Thursday marks 28 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act became law.

ADA was signed into law allowing for civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion, according to ILCKC. ADA assures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.

In honor of the anniversary, ILCKC is hosting an event that celebrates, educates and advocates for people with disabilities.

The Independent Living Center will hold informational ADA workshops and an overall celebration of those with disabilities at 5251 Office Park Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Below is a schedule of events:

  • Workshop I, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. covers Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals; the training is facilitated by Bashar Algabyali, Managing Attorney with GBLA Fair Housing Law.
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon – recognitions, proclamations, etc.  
  • Workshop II, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. covers Effective Communication for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and ADA Rights for the Deaf / HH communities; training is facilitated by Bakersfield native who’s Deaf, Candice Goodie, Client Services Specialist, Department of Health & Human Services, Fresno County.

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