ADA Conference Venue Announced!
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, MSCOD, along with the project partners, will host an ADA Celebration/Training Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 2nd Ave S). This conference will focus on employment, technology, advocacy, andcommunity living. Also, in partnership with the Minnesota Business Leadership Network (MNBLN), we are excited to announce that the event will include a career fair for people with disabilities.
The conference will feature speakers and informative breakout sessions. The noon hour keynote program will be broadcast live statewide on Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) including participation from communities across the State of Minnesota. Details are being finalized and will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
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ADA: The Final Push
“On May 9, 1989, the ADA was introduced in the Senate as S. 933 by Senators Tom Harkin (IA), Ted Kennedy (MA), and David Durenberger (MN). Former Senator Lowell P. Weicker provided testimony as a parent of a child with a disability.”
To read more about the final push leading up to the passage of the ADA, please visit theMinnesota 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 and the project partners have exciting plans for Sunday, July 26th. We are hosting the 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration and Family Day at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Everyone is invited to the party from noon until 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!
The Family Day includes:
- Live entertainment
- An open mic so YOU can tell YOUR story
- Interactive arts activities
- Light refreshments served
- BBQ lunch is available for purchase
- Reasonable accommodations provided
- FREE parking and shuttle service
A portion of tpt’s upcoming documentary, The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in MN, will be premiered. This celebration will be fun for the whole family. We invite you to join us for this fun filled day! Stay tuned for more information.
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!
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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.