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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Council of State Governments (CSG) Webinar Series
The Legacy of the ADA: Celebrating 30 Years of Increasing Access and Inclusion

  • October 15, 2020: Accessible Trasnportation and Workplace Technology
  • November 19, 2020: Ensuring A Disability Perspective in State Policy

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

Gold comedy and tragedy masks with clear-panel face masks for lip-reading, showing the smile of comedy and the frown of tragedy; a paint brush is painting a musical staff that ends with a dancer using a wheelchair. The words ADA30 LEAD ON at the top, with Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride underneath

ADA30: Lead On
Check out this "Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education, and Pride," featuring Master of Ceremonies Danny Woodburn, along with performances by singers, dancers, poets, and other artists with disabilities

Independence Amplified Maryland (I AM): ADA at 30 featured Cathy Raggio, former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, Marian Vessels, long-time leader of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, and Marsha Mazz, the Director of Accessibility Codes and Standards for United Spinal Accessibility Program. They reflected on their experiences of life before the ADA, life after the ADA, and the work that remains to ensure continued progress towards equity.

ADA at 30: Accessibility in Pittsburgh
This site brings you "the voices of people with disabilities through reported articles and first-person essays, podcasts and video."

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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