This week served as the kick-off for the 20th anniversary of the signing of the ADA. The celebrations started with the Spirit of the ADA BBQ and Concert at the Grand Hyatt. As a volunteer at this event I helped guide people from the Constitution level to the ballroom on the Independence level and from the back-up elevator to the ballroom. The Spirit of the ADA BBQ and Concert was a great way to kick-off this week’s celebrations. From the giant inflatable Justin Dart in the corner, to Majority Leader Hoyer, Congressman Sensenbrenner, and Congressman Kennedy’s speeches, to the music of Flame, the Spirit of the ADA BBQ was a huge success. On Wednesday after the JFA event the other interns and I went out to dinner with former Democratic Whip and Chairman of AAPD’s Board of Directors Tony Cohelo. I enjoyed getting to know Tony and I really appreciated his openness and willingness to share his insights with us regarding campaigns and politics. Tony’s an incredible individual and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to learn from him. AAPD’s done an amazing job of giving us opportunities to learn and grow this summer and I’m so thankful to be a part of this internship program.