ADA Anniversary

Celebrating the ADA!

The ADA National Network celebrates the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout the year! While much progress has been made, much remains to be done. Please help us honor this landmark civil rights legislation!

Ideas for Activities
Social Media
Articles, Blogs, and Publications
Films, Exhibits, Podcasts, and More

ADA 30: 1990 - 2020; Americans with Disabilities Act

Ideas for Activities

ADA National Network: Ideas for Celebrating the ADA

30 Things to Do to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

Social Media

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June 27, 2020 – July 26, 2020
Disability Pride Virtual Pennsylvania 2020
The calendar is jammed with activities all month long! Check out the educational, engaging, and entertaining options, including:

  • July 17: “Talking About Talking About the ADA”
    Mid-Atlantic ADA Center staff review the core concepts of the law
  • July 20: ADA-Palooza
    An interactive game show presented by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

July 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living Virtual Conference: ADA: 30 Years and STILL Counting

July 15, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
United Spinal Association webinar: 30th Anniversary of the ADA

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): ADA30 Virtual Meeting Series

  • July 20: The ADA Turns 30: Progress and Potential
  • July 21: ADA30: The Past, Present and Future of the Workplace
  • July 22: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act at 45: A Review and Look Forward
  • July 23: ADA and Transportation Accessibility
  • July 24: The ADA’s Impact on Accessible Legislatures

July 21, 2020, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
The ADA at 30: "Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down"
The George & Barbara Bush Foundation will convene key activists, advocates, and policymakers who helped make the ADA a reality for this virtual, bipartisan celebration and discussion of challenges that remain

July 23, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Eastern
ADA30: Lead On - A Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education and Pride
SAVE THE DATE, information coming soon!

July 24, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN): Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation

July 26, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Eastern
ADA Virtual Rally

Hosted by the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement, the Dole Institute of Politics, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

July 27, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern
DC Public Library: Author Talk with Judith Heumann

July 27 - 31, 2020
RespectAbility: #ADA30 Summit 2020

July 29, 2020, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
U.S. Access Board: Virtual Meeting to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

July 31, 2020, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI) & ADA Anniversary Webinar Celebration
Featuring John Wodatch, Ida Clair, and Janis Kent

August 5, 2020, 2:30 - 3:45 pm. Eastern
Mathematica: Thirty Years After the ADA: Where Are We Now and  Where Are We Heading?

October 3, 2020, Harrisburg, PA
Disability Pride Central PA

November 17, 2020, Washington, DC
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: Annual Awards Event - Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

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Articles, Blogs, and Publications

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

DC Office of Disability Rights: #ADA30 People

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD): AUCD Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

U.S. Department of Justice Blog: The ADA 30th Anniversary: Furthering the Promise

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): The Americans with Disabilities Act

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT): The Future of Work: Honoring the ADA

Campaign for Disability Employment: The ADA at 30

National Rehabilitation Information Center Blog Post: Celebrating the ADA at 30 – Exploring Research on Accessibility, Equity, and Inclusion

The Social Security Administration (SSA): Ticket to Work Blog
Features posts honoring the 30th anniversary of the ADA

United Spinal: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA: Roll on ADA

PVA Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the ADA
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offers resources, as well as opportunities for vets and others with disabilities to share stories about how the ADA has impacted their lives and how they are continuing to fight for barrier-free communities

National Business and Disability Council at the Viscardi Center: ADA30: How the ADA Impacted Our Employment Journeys

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR Magazine: The ADA at 30: Looking Back and Ahead

New Mobility Magazine: The ADA at 30

U.S. Census Bureau: Facts for Features: Anniversary of the ADA 2020

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Films, Exhibits, Podcasts, and More

Lives Worth Living
A film about the history of the disability rights movement originally broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens series

Webinar: Reflections on the ADA: Past Present and Future
A 90-minute discussion featuring disability rights attorney John Wodatch, and former director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Marian Vessels

1A WAMU Podcast on NPR: The ADA at 30

Women in Government Podcast: Increasing Access and Opportunity: 30 Years of the ADA

Crip Camp
Netflix Crip Camp page
An award-winning documentary about a group of teenagers with disabilities and the beginning of the disability rights movement

Smithsonian National Museum of American History: EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America
Virtual exhibit, available in English and Spanish, features hundreds of images of people, places, and things that were shaped by, for, and about people with disabilities

VGM & Associates, U.S. Rehab, and National Coalition for Rehab and Assistive Technology (NCART): Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Features infographics, quizzes, gallery of historic photos,  and a video, “30 Years of the ADA Promise and the Importance of Complex Rehab Technology” with Senator Tom Harkin

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ADA Anniversary Scrapbook

"Turn the page" and take a stroll down memory lane. Watch a video of the signing of the ADA, read stories and remembrances, and learn more about the background and history of the law.

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