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Disability Groups Celebrate Inclusion At First Disability Power And Pride Inaugural Ball

Feb 25, 2009

(Inclusion Daily Express). Two nights before Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, several hundred disability advocates celebrated at the first ever Disability Power and Pride Inaugural Ball, held at the National Press Club. The master of ceremonies was former U.S. Congressman Tony Coelho of California, who is credited with writing the landmark 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. Coelho said that disability groups came together to organize the event because they didn't want people from other inaugural bashes to 'be patronizing and say, 'Let's include some people with disabilities at our party.' Instead, he said, 'we want to have our own party and reach out to everybody else'.

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