On Saturday July 24, 2010, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA), the
SWNA History Task Force, and the Southwest Disability Committee will
celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) by
unveiling a call box honoring our Southwest neighbor, Justin Dart, Jr., and
his work with the ADA.
Justin Dart, Jr. moved to Waterside Towers in Southwest Washington to work
for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As an
energetic neighbor rushing through the lobby in his wheelchair, Justin is
fondly remembered. Never without his cowboy hat and boots from his home
state of Texas, or his wife Yoshiko from Japan, Justin accomplished wonders
for Americans with disabilities through the passage and implementation of
the ADA, right up to time of his death in 2002. His friends and family
continue to work for the rights of people with disabilities.
It is because of the support and encouragement of our friends and neighbors,
that we can unveil the call box, and an adjacent ADA plaque, at 3pm on
Saturday, July 24, 2010, at the west side of Sixth Street, between I Street and M Street, in front of the apartment buildings. We want you to join us at this important event.
The unveiling will take place at 907 Sixth Street SW, next door to the Arena
Stage. Parking is limited on the nearby streets. However, we are very close
to the Waterfront Station on the Green Line of the Metro system, and there
are a number of Metro bus stops very close to the site of the call box,
including the red Circulator Bus and the 70/71 buses, all three of which
stop a few yards from the site of the unveiling.
We expect the event to take place outdoors with light refreshments inside
after the ceremony, and if the weather is good, outdoors as well.
Lida Holland Churchville
History Task Force
Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA)