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Recognizing the 26th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
July 26, 2016

 Recognizing The  26th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

A message from Laurel Labdon, Honorary Chair of Sail Cape Cod’s ‘SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program:

“July 26th marks the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, commonly known as the ADA.  It was, and still remains, groundbreaking legislation seeking to provide and protect equal rights and access for people with all levels of disabilities...whether it be physical, mental, emotional or behavioral.  As with all legislation it is far from perfect.  Enforcement can be subjective and hard to implement, and, of course, there are just some things that cannot be mandated by any law no matter how valuable they are to the disabled community.  That is where programs like ‘SeaLegs’ come in!  While there is no legal obligation for a program like Sail Cape Cod to include an adaptive component to their schedule, it soon became clear that to truly achieve the mission of providing access to the water and the sport of sailing to all an adaptive element to the fleet must be included.  As we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the ADA we must also celebrate the organizations that recognize the inevitable imperfections of such a sweeping civil rights law and seek to abide by the spirit of the law even when no legal obligation exists.  Sail Cape Cod is proud to be one of those organizations that recognized that the disabilities community was not being included in community sailing programs on Cape Cod and was proud to launch ‘SeaLegs’ and put the first adaptive sail boat, Lila, in the water in 2015.  As we work to expand our fleet next summer we hope every town, business and community organization celebrates the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not only abiding by the law but going beyond it and providing true access for all as Sail Cape Cod and ‘SeaLegs’ is so proud to do.”

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