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30th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act (ADA)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Houk
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Sunday, July 26th marks the 30th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act (ADA).  This landmark legislation has improved the lives of millions of Americans and ensured access to public spaces, education, and many other institutions.  To honor this event, there are numerous virtual events being held over the coming days.  Below are a few key ones from various organizations that we think our Members will find interesting and beneficial.

Today! Thursday, JULY 23, 2020    11:00 A.M. -12:00 PM EST

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities invites you to a briefing celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Panelists will discuss key issues that remain of significant concern for the disability community 30 years after the ADA's passage, and offer thoughts on what the future holds for ADA implementation in these areas.  The briefing focuses on the intersection of disability and racial equity, and the aim of ensuring that the ADA's goals of full participation, equal opportunity, independent living and economic self-sufficiency can become a reality for all people with disabilities including Black, Indigenous and People of Color. 

Welcoming remarks:  Heather Ansley, Associate Executive Director of Government Relations, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Chair, CCD

Moderator: Liz Weintraub, Senior Advocacy Specialist, Association of University Centers on Disabilities  


  • Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights
  • Germán Parodi, Co-Executive Director, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
  • Maria Town, CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities
  •  Monique Dixon, Deputy Director of Policy and Director of State Advocacy, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Friday, JULY 24, 1:00 -2:00 PM EST

Continuing the Fight: Ensuring the ADA Works for Everyone: (organized by Sens. Bob Casey & Patty Murray)

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The next 30 years and beyond of the ADA will shine a spotlight on intersectional identities as we hear from panelists about what’s next for the disability community. Members of Congress have been invited to give remarks. Panelists include:

  • Jeiri Flores, Advocacy Discipline Coordinator, University of Rochester LEND
  • Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, Maryland Statewide Blind and Low Vision Specialist
  • Catherine Lhamon, Moderator, Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31

RespectAbility Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Register here.

Over the course of five days – – we will host daily two-hour virtual events (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT). These events will be free and fully accessible, with an ASL interpreter and live captions. Each event will also be recorded and shared with open captions. This series is made possible through the generosity of Comcast NBCUniversal, the Murray/Reese Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company.

Monday, July 27: Grand Opening and Education and Skills for a Better Future

Tuesday, July 28: Ensuring Inclusive Communities

Wednesday, July 29: Fighting Stigmas with Hollywood

Thursday, July 30: The Future of Work for People with Disabilities

Friday, July 31: Leadership: Making A Difference for the Future

The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.