Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Residents of Morris County and surrounding communities are invited to attend a Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 28, from noon to 4 p.m., at Central Park of Morris County in Parsippany to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

ADA 25 Year Anniversary logo

The event is being sponsored by DAWN Center for Independent Living ( in conjunction with the Morris County Department of Human Services and the Morris County Park Commission (

Family Fun Day provides an opportunity to create awareness of the ADA, which was signed into law in July 1990. It is the comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, government services, and telecommunications, as well as ensuring access to all public and private places that are open to the general public.

“It’s important to recognize this important piece of civil rights legislation,” said Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyons. “As a result of this law, millions of people with disabilities, including many right here in Morris County, are able to live and work more independently and have greater access to technology, economic self-sufficiency and participate in many activities not previously available to them. “

Attendees will have the opportunity to obtain valuable information and meet with vendors on a range of available disability services and resources in the community. The event will include entertainment, a variety of family friendly activities, and an assortment of food trucks. It also will feature a softball game between the Morris County Park Police and local members of a wheelchair softball team.

Freeholders Present ADA 25th Anniversary Resolution to Slavinski
Freeholders Present ADA 25th Anniversary Resolution to Slavinski

“This event provides an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of this historic anniversary and to recognize the efforts of the Morris County Freeholders and Park Commission towards creating inclusive opportunities for all,” said Carmela Slivinski, Executive Director at DAWN Center for Independent Living.

“While we have made significant strides, there is still much more that needs to be done until those with disabilities have access to the same choices, opportunities, and civil rights as those without disabilities,” added Slavinski, who received a proclamation from the freeholder board on Wednesday honoring the 25th anniversary of ADA.

For more information, call DAWN at 973-625-1940 or email [email protected].

For GPS: Central Park of Morris County is located at 91 Central Ave., Morris Plains, N.J. 07950

About DAWN Center for Independent Living (DAWNcil):
DAWN Center for Independent Living (DAWNcil) (, based in Denville, New Jersey, is a nonprofit agency that assists individuals with disabilities in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties with many services, including advocacy, information and referral, peer support, independent living skills trainings, employment opportunities and more. DAWNcil also administers the Morris and Sussex County Early Intervention Service Coordination Units, offering quality services and support to families of children from birth to three years who have delays and disabilities.