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Maryland's 2011 ADA Celebration Comes To Prince George's County


Marylanders from across the State joined in the statewide celebration of the 21st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland College Park, the event will focus on how far society has come in promoting the rights and community inclusion of people with disabilities in their efforts to lead productive, meaningful and independent lives. 


The anniversary celebration, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a reception in the Grand Pavilion of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.  Light refreshments and beverages will be served from 2 – 3 p.m.  Following the reception, the celebration will move to the Dance Theatre for a program that will include welcoming remarks by County Executive Baker, Maryland Commission on Disabilities Chair Andrew Levy and Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Catherine Raggio. 


Featured keynote speaker for the 2011 ADA celebration will be Fred Beam, professional actor, dancer, producer, director and founder of Invisible Hands, Inc., an award winning non-profit organization that promotes Deaf culture awareness through art and entertainment.  Following his remarks, and the highlight of the program, will be a special dance performance by Fred Beam and The Wild Zappers, an all deaf male dance company. 


The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is located on Stadium Drive, University of Maryland, College Park, MD  20742.  Paid visitor parking is available in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage located across from the Performing Arts Center.   Guests may be dropped off at the entrance of the building prior to parking in the Stadium Drive parking garage.


For more information about the 21st ADA Anniversary celebration, call the Maryland Department of Disabilities at 410-767-3660 or 1-800-637-4113 or send an email to mdod@mdod.state.md.us.