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ADA 30th Anniversary
TOMORROW: The ADA at 30: Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act in paper form.
On July 21st, from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. t he Kennedy Institute will join several organizations in convening key activists, advocates, and policymakers who helped make the Americans with Disabilities Act a reality for a virtual, bipartisan commemoration of the landmark civil rights legislation. Special guests include: former advisor for President George H.W. Bush - Boyden Gray; former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin; former Senate Judiciary Committee Chief Counsel for Senator Edward M. Kennedy - Carolyn Osolinik; and former Governor of New Hampshire - J ohn Sununu. The event will be moderated by Judy Woodruff, managing editor and anchor of PBS’s NewsHour.

To register, click ADA at 30.
Image source: image courtesy of Forbes.
Boston's 30th Anniversary of the ADA
Boston ADA2020 30th Anniversary T-shirts
The Boston Center for Independent Living and the City of Boston Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities are hosting a virtual ADA rally on Wednesday, July 22nd at 1:00 pm . We will proclaim disability rights with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. To help bring us together we are mailing out ADA 30 T-shirts and fill-in-the-blank civil rights signs for people to post to social media with the hashtag #ADA30Boston and #ThanksToTheADA.

For more event details and to request a t-shirt, click Boston ADA 2020.
Image source: image courtesy of BCIL.
New Britain, Connecticut's Tribute to the ADA
Summer concert New Britain Connecticut
The City's Parks, Recreation, and Community Services department will conduct a summer concert on July 22nd. The event will feature goodies along with highlighting the ADA to all attendees. Shows start at 7:00 p.m.

To learn more, click Tribute to the ADA.
Image source: image courtesy of the City of New Britain.
ADA at 30: Building an Inclusive Progressive Movement
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
On July 23rd p lease join the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, and a panel of cross-movement organizers for the commemoration of the ADA and a discussion of where we go from here. The event runs from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m .

For more information and to RSVP, click Building an Inclusive Progressive Movement.
Image source: image courtesy of flickr.
Newington, Connecticut 2020 Summer Concert Series to Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
ADA Coalition of Connecticut
The Newington Parks and Recreation department will start its summer concert series. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA organizers will read a special proclamation recognizing the special occasion. Free ice cream will be provided. The event will take place at Mill Pond Park on July 23rd from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

To learn more, contact Joseph Harvey (860) 665-8566 or  JHarvey@NewingtonCT.gov.
ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education, and Pride
Two gold comedy and tragedy masks with red and blue accessible PPE face masks showing the smile of comedy and frown of tragedy, next to a paint brush that is creating a musical staff that ends with a dancer using a wheelchair. The words ADA30 LEAD ON top
On July 23rd , from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ADA30 Lead On invite you to join disability rights leaders, performers, artists, singers, dancers, poets, filmmakers and storytellers with disabilities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA. the event will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live.

To sign up for free tickets, click ADA30 Lead On.
Portland, Maine's Disability Advisory Committee (PDAC) Virtual Discussion of Crip Camp to Celebrate the 30th ADA Anniversary
Crip Camp, a disability revolution
On July 26th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. PDAC, Disability Rights Maine, and the Maine Jewish Film Festival will host a moderated question and answer discussion on the documentary "Crip Camp." Organizers encourage you to watch the film prior to the event.

For more information, click Crip Camp Discussion.
Image source: image courtesy of The Daily Cardinal.
Harkin Institute's 30th Anniversary ADA Virtual Rally
Crowd of congressional members and supporters the day the ADA was signed.
On July 26th the Harkin Institute will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA with a virtual rally on Twitter and Instagram at 1:00 p.m. Guest speakers will include:Senator Tom Harkin (retired), Senator Bob Dole (retired), Judy Heumann, Claudia Gordon, Alex Watters, and others.

To for more information and to register, click 30th Anniversary ADA Virtual Rally.
Image source: image courtesy of the Harkin Institute.
ONLINE EVENT: Disability Visibility Project #ADA30InColor
To mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Disability Visibility Project is publishing a series of essays by Disabled People of Color, #ADA30InColor, reflecting on the past, present, and future of disability rights and justice. On July 26th at 7:00 p.m. , the panel of #ADA30InColor contributors will discuss the future of disability and the remaining work to be done post-ADA. ASL and live captioning will be provided.
Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Rivers Council's Virtual Campfire to ADA 30th Anniversary
On July 26th at 7:30 p.m. join the Council for a virtual campfire streaming on Facebook. Participating scouts will be putting together different skits and information regarding inclusion, the ADA, and disabilities.

For more information, click Virtual Campfire.
Image source: image courtesy of Pixbay.
Join the U.S. Access Board for a Virtual Celebration of the ADA on July 29
US Access Board
The U.S. Access Board will celebrate the ADA's 30th anniversary with a virtual public meeting on July 29th from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The event will feature a discussion of the ADA and its achievements with guest speakers and board members: Judy Heumann, Sachin Pavithran, and architect Karen Braitmayer. This virtual meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Log-in details will follow and be posted on the Board's website.

To visit the website, click U.S. Access Board. For more information, contact Dave Yanchulis at (202) 272-0026 or yanchulis@access-board.gov.
The Changing Reality of Disability in America 2020 
diverse human figures
The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) will hold a virtual event to tell a compelling story about the experience of disability in America today to coincide with the 30th  anniversary of the passage of the ADA in July, 2020. A key focus of our research is to go beyond the data to tell stories of people who inform our understanding of what full participation requires today. This project is funded by Dr. Allan R. Meyers Memorial Project. More details coming soon for this event.
Happy 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA National Network and the ADA Regional Centers wish you a Happy 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and share why we’re thankful for the ADA. To learn how to share your Thanks to the ADA moment visit our website .

To watch the video, click Happy Anniversary ADA.
Join the New England ADA Center in Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
New England ADA Center and IHCD Graphic
On July 26th , we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a civil rights law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability. We celebrate how far we've come while recognizing that there is work to be done. We have launched a web page to highlight events from around the region.

Celebrate 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
The ADA National Network (ADANN) has developed ways for you to celebrate 30 years of the ADA.The ADANN website provides: a toolkit with themes and logos; social media tweets and posts to share on your networks; and a calendar of events from around the country. To submit an event, click  Events Calendar . To find an event click ADA Anniversary Events .

To learn more, click  Celebrate 30 Years of the ADA .
New England ADA Center Celebrates the 30th Anniversary with #ThanksToTheADA Twitter Campaign
Join us in this virtual celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by sharing a moment in your life when you were thankful for the ADA. Use any media of your choice (art, video, picture or text) and include #ThanksToTheADA and @NewEnglandADA so we can follow along! Let’s takeover Twitter by thankfulness. This will look different for everyone, so have fun and be creative!

The Institute for Human Centered Design’s New England ADA Center is thankful to the ADA for so many reasons. Examples below:
Katie Kelel at an exhibit that can be touched at an aquarium
Museums are more vibrant and relevant places when they design their buildings, exhibitions, and programs to be accessible for all visitors. #ThanksToTheADA
smiling young girl with downs syndrome
People with disabilities are recognized as human beings. People with disabilities are recognized as American citizens and can now enjoy all of the rights associated with that citizenship #ThanksToTheADA
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The New England ADA Center is a member of the ADA National Network funded by the Administration for Community Living through National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Grant  90DP0087.