Braille Monitor

Vol. 54, No. 2 February 2011

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NFB of New Mexico Participates in ADA Twentieth-Anniversary Celebration:

Christine Hall, president of the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico, reports the following:

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the affiliate marched in a parade and set up a booth to tell the world about the National Federation of the Blind and our life-changing message.

The Mesilla Valley Chapter of the NFB of New Mexico initiated a joint partnership with other ADA advocates affiliated with the Las Cruces ADA advisory board to create a parade float in the September 2010 Whole Enchilada Fiesta in Las Cruces. Chapter officers and members Wesley Peters, president; Nato Gonzalez, vice president; Maryellen Kebbel, secretary; and Michelle Phillips, treasurer; and members Terry Kebbel and Scott and Wanda Moore began the float planning in early July. The parade float theme was “Happy Twentieth Birthday, ADA.” To commemorate the historic legislation of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, a three-tier cake was built by Alfred Hughey. On the day of the parade, along with the planners, Adelmo Vigil and students at the New Mexico Commission for the Blind’s orientation center, Claudia Martinez representing Parents of Blind Children in Albuquerque, Hearing Loss Association members, Blinded Veteran Association members, and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima marched in the two-mile-long parade to acknowledge the importance of the ADA. An ADA information booth was set up at the three-day fiesta. Members of the NFB provided information and brochures about the organization.