“I now lift my pen to sign this Americans with Disabilities Act and say: Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down."
- George Bush, July 26, 1990
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View our July collection of webinars designed to educate on the ADA, celebrate the passing, and look ahead to the future of rights for individuals with disabilities.
All webinars will be recorded. ASL and CART services available.
Please contact Lisa Justice if accommodation are needed for any of the webinars.
As we approach the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, tune in to this overview of the ADA with our Director of Advocacy, Katie Hunt Thomas. Learn about what it covers, who it affects, and how you can champion the ADA in your community.
Ability Center Director of Special Projects, Dan Wilkins, will share photographs taken by Tom Olin, a photojournalist who has long been involved in the disability rights movement. The two will travel back in time to recount turning points in the disability movement and reflect on leaders in the fight for accessibility and inclusion for all Americans.
Since 1983, Tom Olin has been the preeminent photographer and social documentarian for the Disability Rights Movement. His iconic photos have spanned the times and issues faced by people with disabilities in America, including the struggles for the first curb cuts in LA, the nation-wide protests for accessible public transportation, the press for and passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the fight against forced congregate living, and the advancement of community-based living options.
His photos have been included magazines, documentaries, and text books around the world. Gracing walls in print and as murals, they inform and inspire viewers with and without disabilities in Centers for Independent Living, foundations, public buildings, even in the Smithsonian. His extensive archival is held in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at the University of Toledo and managed by The Ability Center.
Hear from local advocates born after the ADA share how the law impacted life as they know it today. Discussions around identity politics, technology advantages, and mobility issues will be topics covered by this panel.
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Speakers explore what the ADA’s implication will be 50 years later - what will it take for all communities to be more disability friendly? Solutions to barriers facing people with disabilities will be discussed in the webinar.