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ADA 30th Anniversary:

ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. Throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary, disability organizations and groups across the country recognize this landmark event and the important work to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. More information about the ADA can be found at the ADA National Network website.

Join Us In Celebration

  1. #ThanksToTheADA campaign: On a social media platform of your choosing use #ThanksToTheADAto share what the ADA means to you. This will look different for everyone, so have fun and be creative! Share any media of your choosing, (video, picture, written word, or other) and include #ThanksToTheADA.
  2. Crip Camp Netflix Party: Join the WSU Access Center in watching the Netflix acclaimed documentary that follows Camp Jened, a summer camp for teens with disabilities. The virtual party will be on Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 pm PT. You can register for the Netflix party (or by typing the url: https://bit.ly/2ZraIp6).
  3. Virtually Attend an ADA Celebratory Event: We are collaborating with disability groups across the country to bring you a series of ADA celebratory events that are virtually accessible and free to all. The events are listed below:

Upcoming ADA Celebratory Events

More events can also be found on the ADA National Network events page

The ADA at 30: Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down

Tuesday July 21, 2020 1:30-3:00 pm EDT

The ADA at 30 Webinar Registration

About: George & Barbara Bush Foundation will convene key activists, advocates and policymakers who helped make the Americans with Disabilities Act a reality for a bipartisan celebration of that landmark civil rights legislation – and, equally important, focus on the challenges that will shape the future of the disability movement.

ADA 30: A Call for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday July 21, 2020, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT

A Call for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Registration

About: Join the City of Boston Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Boston Center for Independent Living on July 22nd for a virtual event to discuss how far we have come and what the future of disability rights looks like with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The event will run from 1-2:30. We will hear from leaders in disability rights, consumers, and elected officials.

Disability and the Media: A Free ADA Anniversary Discussion

Wednesday July 22, 2020 from 9:00-10:30 am PT

Disability and the Media Discussion Registration

About: Panelists will discuss disability representation in the media today, and practical strategies for the audience to employ and amplify the voices of people with disabilities in both traditional and non-traditional media outlets.

Deej: A #NoBodyIsDisposable Film Festival:

Thursday July 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm PT

Deej: A #NoBodyIsDisposable Registration

About: The second part of our #NoBodyIsDisposable Film Series will take place on Thursday, July 23rd from 5-7pm PT / 8-10pm ET and will feature a showing of Deej, followed by a panel discussion with organizers and advocates exploring themes in the film and connections to current organizing against care rationing, the #NoBodyIsDisposable campaign, and more.

ADA 30th Anniversary Webinar: The Americans with Disabilities: The Basics

Friday July 24, 2020 10:00-11:30 am CDT

The Americans with Disabilities: The Basics Registration

About: This introductory webinar will cover the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some of the topics include: the titles of the ADA, important definitions, and helpful resources to ensuring access.

Black Disabled Lives Matter (Part 2): An Intimate View from Self-Advocates in Our Community

Friday July 24, 2020 12:00-1:00 pm CDT

About: Audience members will learn to identify the power they hold in the workplace and community as well as actions they can take to be in solidarity with others. Participants will find resources for developing skills around identifying and challenging their own implicit biases. Presented in partnership with Diversity Awareness Partnership.

ADA Live! Celebrate. Learn. Share. The ADA turns 30: The Future of Disability Rights with Lex Frieden

Friday July 24, 2020 1:00-1:30 pm EDT

Listen to ADA Live! Celebrate. Learn. Share.

About: Join in our celebration of the past, present and future of the disability rights movement with Lex Frieden and the host, Peter Blanck, J.D., PhD. University Professor and Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. 

#ADA30InColor

Sunday July 26, 2020 at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET

#ADA30InColor Registration

About: To mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Disability Visibility Project is publishing an online collection of essays by Disabled People of Color titled #ADA30InColor, an important look at what the law has and hasn’t done for this often overlooked group.

Americans with Disabilities Act Virtual Rally

Sunday July 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm CDT

Americans with Disabilities Act Virtual Rally Registration

About: Though we cannot meet in person we can still gather online to hear from disability leaders, share personal experiences, celebrate all that has been accomplished and reflect on what still needs to be done. Speakers include Senator Tom Harkin (retired), Senator Bob Dole (retired), Judy Heumann, Claudia Gordon and Alex Watters, among others.

Virtual Moderated Discussion of the Documentary Crip Camp

Sunday July 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT

The Documentary: Crimp Camp can be found on Netflix

Virtual Moderated Discussion of Crip Camp Registration

About: Please join PDAC, Disability Rights Maine, and the Maine Jewish Film Festival for a live, moderated Q and A session about the remarkable documentary Crip Camp, featuring the camp's archival footage filmmaker and one of its former counselors.

Gaelynn Lea in Concert

Thursday July 30, 2020 7:00- 8:30 pm CDT

Gaelynn Lea in Concert Registration

About: Join us for a night of live music and conversation with acclaimed musician and Disability Rights Advocate, Gealynn Lea! Gaelynn, winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, will share her music and her story in the finale of the #ADA30 Anniversary celebration with Starkloff Disability Institute.