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Famous Violinist Itzhak Perlman Breaks Societal Stigma

By Shen Wu Tan

Rows and rows of cushioned seats at the Harris Theater filled with spectators with and without disabilities last Wednesday to hear a moderated afternoon talk featuring Itzhak Perlman. The renowned violinist confidently zipped onstage in his scooter to share his experiences as a musician with a disability to the eager crowd.

As a culmination to the 25th year anniversary celebration of the American with Disabilities Act, the renowned violinist led a Juilliard orchestra performance of Tchaikovsky later that evening.

To celebrate the passage of the 1990 act, organizations across Chicago joined the ADA 25 campaign in 2015 by pledging to build a more inclusive community for people with disabilities.

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