July 26, 2019 marks the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.
The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give 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. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.
In celebration of the 29th anniversary of this historic civil rights legislation, the July 3rd episode of the ADA Live! podcast will feature the Honorable Tom Harkin—former Senator and Congressman, veteran, author, attorney, and chief sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) interviewed by Peter Blanck, Chairman of Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.
To listen to the podcast at July 3 at 1:00 pm [Eastern] or any time after, visit SoundCloud ADA Live! [soundcloud.com/adalive] and the ADA Live! website [www.adalive.org]. Real-time captioning on July 3 at 1:00 pm [Eastern] will be available [www.streamtext.net/player?event=BURTONBLATT] . The ADA Live! podcast is produced by the Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and one of ten regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network.
The ADA Audio Webinar Series hosted by the Great Lakes ADA Center will feature "ADA Anniversary Update: 29 Years Burning Down the Road" on Tuesday - July 16, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is free but registration is required; continuing education recognition is available — learn more and register for this July 16 webinar [www.accessibilityonline.org/ADA-Audio/].
"Nearly 57 million people in our country have a disability and nearly 25% of today’s 20 year olds will experience disability in their lifetime. Since 1991, the 10 regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network have provided free, confidential and accurate information, resources and training on the ADA to businesses, employers, state and local governments, people with disabilities and their families, advocates, and veterans across the United States," said Barry Whaley, Director of the Southeast ADA Center.
Through the outreach, training and technical assistance the ADA National Network has done to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, people with disabilities have better access to businesses, buildings, employment, state and local government programs and services, and increasing opportunities for equal and full participation in civic and community life.
The ADA National Network is the “go to” resource for free, confidential information, guidance and training on the ADA and its implementation — call toll-free 1-800-949-4232 or visit the website at adata.org — Callers using the toll-free 800 number are connected to the regional ADA Center serving their state.
Celebrate the ADA throughout the year and for the ADA Anniversary with the ADA Celebrations Tool Kit offered by the ADA National Network and its ten regional ADA Centers across the United States.
The ADA Celebrations Tool Kit (ADAanniversary.org) is for use by the public and the media, and contains:
Become a part of the nationwide celebration and recommit to the ADA.
Share: ADA Pledge On! (adaanniversary.org/pledgeon)
The ADA National Network is the premier resource for information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its implementation. The Network consists of 10 regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States that provide services and assistance tailored to meet the needs of local businesses, government and individuals. The ADA National Network is not an enforcement or regulatory agency—but rather a helpful resource about the rights of people with disabilities and your responsibilities under the ADA. Contact the ADA National Network and your regional ADA Center with questions on the ADA at 1-800-949-4232. All calls are confidential. Visit the ADA National Network website for links to extensive ADA information and training opportunities at www.adata.org
The Southeast ADA Center is a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University and a member of the ADA National Network. We answer your questions, and provide training, information, and materials about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We serve an eight-state geographic region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Southeast ADA Center is one of 10 regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network sponsored by grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, including information about the rights of people with disabilities and your responsibilities under the ADA. For more information, visit the Southeast ADA Center website at www.adasoutheast.org
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