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

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


On July 26th, 1990 President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The intent of the ADA was to provide persons with disabilities Equality of opportunity, Full participation, Independent living, and Economic self-sufficiency. Thirty years down the road what is the state of disability rights in the United States? Join us as our speakers look forward and discuss what needs to be done to further the rights of persons with disabilities and fulfill the goals of the ADA. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to our speakers.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5


Timotheus "T.J." Gordon, Jr, Research Assistant, Institute of Disability and Human Development, UIC

Jae Jin Pak, Community Education & Training Coordinator,, Disability and Human Development, UIC

Emily Ladau, Editor in Chief, Rooted in Rights Blog

Maria Town, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

Questions for presenters:

1 What do you believe is the biggest accomplishment of the ADA in the first 30 years? What is the biggest issue we need to address in the next five years?
2 Are there any ADA guideline updates the pertain to COVID19? If not does the DOJ plan to create guidelines for safety for all during this Pandemic but still follow ADA guidelines?
3 What legislation is in the works to improve the ADA that we can get behind and support by writing to our legislators?
4 How does the ADA apply to restricted options for students with disabilities and health conditions when school starts in the fall? In my district, those who cannot go back to school in person will be required to move to different school for independent study or attend a self contained special education classroom. Do these result in denial of equal access?
5 Have women benefited as much as men from improvements in work opportunities resulting from ADA compliance.
6 How can we partner with those in our communities of color right now to also work on ending racial trauma which intersects with people with disabilities and our movement?

Session Questions

This session is accepting questions from registered users. After you have registered to participate in this session you can submit your questions on your Account Manager page. Please note: the number of questions will be limited and submissions will be closed well before the session starts to provide time to prepare answers.