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July 24, 2010

Disability Pride Parade in Chicago
Featuring Dancers from Oak Park's Momenta Wheelchair Dance Troupe
report by Ed Vincent


Oak Park's Chris Lenzo is poised and ready on center stage, with a lovely dancer as a partner in movement.
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Chris Lenzo has been working with Oak Park's Momenta Dance Troupe in the special wheelchair portion of their artistic expression and Chris has the talent and heart for this art in motion.  Having been in a wheelchair for a number of years he has not only mastered all the right moves, but he has also brought some art and talent to this moving device.


Chris Lenzo has all the right moves and good timing to boot.
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Oak Park's Momenta Wheelchair Icon, Chris Lenzo

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When Mr. Dart was awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996 "Justin Dart," President Bill Clinton said; "in his own way has the most Olympian spirit I believe I have ever come across."
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Mr. Justin Dart,  known by  many  as the  heart and  soul of the
Americans with Disabilities Act was also an instrumental worker in helping to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.



The start of the disability parade began with participants, friends, and co-workers.
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A myriad of diverse people join on the route, showing support and exclaiming their lives with all of us.
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2010 FACT SHEET

EVENT: Disability Pride Parade
DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 24, 2010
Step-off @ 10:45 a.m.
LOCATION: Staging area at Plymouth Court and
Van Buren Street in Chicago.
Parade route marches north on Dearborn from
Van Buren to Washington.
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EVENT: Disability Pride Program
DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 24, 2010 Noon-2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington

SPEAKERS

Eli Clare, disability and gender activist
 
ENTERTAINERS:

Jesse White Tumblers
Collective Sole
Momenta Wheelchair Dance Troupe
Matrix Puppet Theater
Rene David Luna speaking on the 20th anniversary of ADA
Blues Musician Willie Williams
Praetorium Signing Church
Equip for Equality Singers
Violinist Nura Aly
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The Lenzo family gathers for a day of celebration.
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Some of the biggest smiles were on the smallest people.
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   Chris Lenzo is interviewed for an upcoming special...
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Great Weather and Lots of Dedicated Marchers.

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It was a great day to meet a lot of people with some additional challenges all sharing a common vision for access and equality of rights.



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