The 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be celebrated throughout the month of July.
Guam – In celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities will be hosting a variety of events that aim to bridge the gap between the deaf community and the hearing community here on Guam.
DISID Director Benito Servino sat down with PNC to discuss the different events in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA. Servino spoke about Melissa Clayton, director of Guam Deaf: Exposed and Empowered, a documentary made to share the experiences of the deaf community on Guam. Servino says that the collaboration with Clayton’s initiative will help DISID collect accurate data of people with disabilities on Guam, something he thinks is lacking on island. Servino also spoke about the deaf jam fiesta, an event to be held at YPAO beach on July 11th from 1-4 pm. The event will feature food vendors, events for kids, and entertainment. There will also be workshops throughout that will help educate the public on various topics regarding persons with disabilities. Servino hopes these events will change the way people view persons with disabilities.
“It’s all about inclusion. When people with disabilities have to go out and access goods and services, they have to deal with communication barriers, physical barriers, accessibility barriers, but the most critical component is the attitudinal barriers. There’s a lot of people out there that think it’s an us and them thing, they tend to forget that we’re all temporarily able bodied people, we will all eventually have a disability,” said Servino.
If you would like to learn more about the documentary, Deaf Jam Festival, or any other events please visit adaanniversary.com. You can also see more information at pacificnewscenter.com