Center Update

Welcoming a New Team Member

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is pleased to welcome Claire Stanley as our new Training Specialist. Claire has a Juris Doctorate (JD) and experience working with a number of disability rights organizations. She will be conducting training throughout the region on various aspects of the ADA. Welcome, Claire!

ADA Center Out and About

Maryland Department of Disabilities ADA 26th Anniversary Celebration: Intersect

ADA 26: The Next 25 YearsThe theme of the Maryland Department of Disabilities annual ADA Anniversary Celebration was “Intersect.” The event, which included a technology and resource fair and an afternoon workshop on social media accessibility, explored the intersection of technology and ADA implementation.

Speakers included Carol A. Beatty, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, Dr. Nollie Wood, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, and the Honorable Boyd K. Rutherford, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Maryland. The keynote address was delivered by Haben Girma, disability advocate, accessibility expert, and a White House “Champion of Change.” The lunchtime keynote speech, "Opportunities and Intersections: The Next 25 Years of the ADA" was given by Marian Vessels, our director here at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.

National Council on Independent Living Annual Conference

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, representing the ADA National Network, participated in this event along with people from across the country and around the world. We exhibited a poster, “Increase Your Advocacy Outcomes! ADA Resources and Strategies,” illustrating how the resources and services of the ADA Centers can support Centers for Independent Living in providing their core services.

We also invited visitors to make a poster of their own by completing the phrase “Because of the ADA…” Check out some of the posters created by individuals, families, and advocates:

young man seated in wheelchair, mother stands beside him holding their poster: "Because of the ADA ... we can go out to eat as a family ... and sometimes use the front door!"

young woman with crutches holds her poster: "Because of the ADA ... Having an understanding of employment and disclosure"

young woman holds her poster: "Because of the ADA ... I can live the life I live"

young woman holds her poster: "Because of the ADA ... I don't have to see a doctor as my mother's interpreter – she deserves to have clear communication about her own body."

young woman holds her poster: "Because of the ADA ... students with disabilities have the resources to graduate college!"