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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

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On July 26th 2020, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) will mark its 30th anniversary. This historic legislation was enacted to create a more inclusive society in the United States. The ADA legislation gave individuals with disabilities the right to engage in their communities, both socially and professionally, by providing equal access to employment, public service, public accommodations, and telecommunications.

“Three weeks ago we celebrated our nation's Independence Day. Today we're here to rejoice in and celebrate another 'independence day,' one that is long overdue. With today's signing of the landmark Americans for Disabilities Act, every man, woman, and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence, and freedom."Source: Remarks of President George Bush at the Signing of the ADA

Remarks of President George Bush at the Signing of the ADA

The IDEA Center and the ADA

Since 1984, the IDEA Center has been working to make environments and products more usable, safer, and healthier. Over the past 35 years, the Center has produced knowledge and tools that that have increased social participation for individuals, like people with disabilities and older adults, who have been marginalized by traditional design practices. Many of the Center’s research activities throughout the years have had a direct impact on shaping the revisions to the ADA’s accessibility codes and standards.

The Center Director, Edward Steinfeld, is a member of the committee that develops and revises the ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, the consensus standard on accessibility referenced by building codes in the U.S. He was the secretary of that committee from 1974 through 1980. During that time, he directed the first systematic research on accessibility in the U.S. and organized the first major revision of the standard expanding it from 7 pages to over 70 pages, including the addition of housing requirements. This work became the basis for the first ADA Accessibility Guidelines in 1994.

From 1999 until 2010, the IDEA Center conducted a major study on anthropometry of wheeled mobility users that has led to revisions to building codes in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. Through our Accessibility Consulting Service, Center staff have evaluated the accessibility of hundreds of buildings and facilities for private developers, state agencies, and attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits. The Center also conducts training for architects, developers, and advocates on accessibility laws and standards. These activities have helped increase the standard of living for thousands of people with disabilities and continue to advance knowledge in this field.

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Free Listening Session-ADA Live! The ADA Then and Now: Celebrate ADA 30th Anniversary with the Honorable Tony Coelho

Date: Available since Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
Location: Online
For more information please visit: To listen: SoundCloud ADA Live! (audio)* View and Read: Transcript* and Resources* for ADA Live!

ADA 30: Moving Forward | Celebrating the ADA 30th Anniversary Texas-Style!

Date:Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 to Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Location: Zoom (Click here for link)
Time: 10:00 AM in Central
For more information please visit: Moving Forward Event page 

Accessible Websites Presentation

Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Location: Online
Time: 2pm
For more information please click here

ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where do We go Now?

Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
Location: www.ada-audio.org
Time: 2:00 -3:30 PM EDT
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A People's History of the ADA

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Location: Zoom (Click here for link)
Time: 2pm
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ReelAbilities Short Film Program (Q + A with Filmmakers)

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2020
Location: Online
Time: 11:59PM EDT
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ADA 30: March & Rally for Disability Rights

Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
Location: Online, Boston, MA
Time: 1:00 PM -2:30 PM
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Digital Accessibility: What have we learned and what does the future hold?

Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
Location: Online, www.ada-accessibletech.org
Time: 2:00 PM EDT -3:30 PM EDT
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ADA Live! Celebrate. Learn. Share. The ADA turns 30: The Future of Disability Rights with Lex Frieden

Date:Friday, July 24th, 2020
Location: Online
Time: 1:00 -1:30 PM EDT
For more information please click here

Disability Pride Virtual Pennsylvania

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2020 to Sunday, July 26th, 2020
Location: Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube, and other social media platforms
Time: 1:00 -2:30 PM
For more information please click here

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