THE ADA LEGACY PROJECT: MOMENTS IN DISABILITY HISTORY 28
The Original: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1988
In “The Disability Pendulum: The First Decade of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” author Ruth Colker writes that the first draft of the ADA was “the culmination of two important President-appointed commissions: the National Council on the Handicapped (now the National Council on Disability) and the Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic (HIV Commission).”
To read more about the first draft of the ADA, please visit the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities website. The ADA Legacy Project “celebrates the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on disability rights, and honors the contributions of individuals with disabilities and their allies who persevered in securing the passage of this landmark civil rights legislation.
SAVE THE DATE: Join us on July 26 for Minnesota’s premiere ADA Celebration!
MSCOD has exciting plans for July 26th. We will be having a 25th ADA Anniversary Celebration and Family Day at the Minnesota History Center. Everyone is invited to the party, which will run from noon until 4:00pm. Admission is FREE!
The Family Day will include:
- Live entertainment
- An open mic
- Arts activities
- An airing of a portion of Twin Cities Public Television’s (tpt) upcoming documentary about the ADA
This celebration will be fun for the whole family, and we hope you join us! Stay tuned for more information.
Our year-long festivities will culminate in a conference at a location to be determined on October 28, 2015. The conference will focus on employment, technology, advocacy, and community living. The conference will feature:
- Breakout sessions
- A live telecast by tpt
- A career fair presented in partnership with the Minnesota Business Leadership Network
…and much more! More information will be released soon.
Share your point of view on the ADA!
There is still time to be a part of the future of the ADA in Minnesota! MSCOD contracted with the Improve Group, an external research group from Saint Paul, to study what the employment landscape in Minnesota looks like now that ADA has been law for 25 years. We want to hear from people with disabilities who are employed or seeking employment, to learn how the ADA has impacted their job search and ability to work. We also want to hear from employers regarding how the ADA has impacted hiring practices.
The survey is completely anonymous and can be found here:http://tinyurl.com/ADA25employmentMN
Please share it with everyone!
- The deadline for submissions to the Reel Abilities Film Festival is May 15, 2015. For more information, please visit the Reel Abilities website.
About the ADA 25th Anniversary Legacy Project
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 years old on July 26, 2015. The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) is planning a number of activities leading up to and marking this historic day.
The MSCOD ADA 25 year Anniversary Legacy Project seeks to preserve and raise awareness of Minnesota’s role in the development of the ADA as well as celebrate Minnesota’s disability cultures in tandem with the 25 year anniversary of the passage of the ADA.
MSCOD’s Legacy Funds are administered by the Minnesota Humanities Center.
The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.