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.
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to these events. Be sure to check event pages to see if there are any updates.
Share Your #ThanksToTheADA Moment
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ADA, we welcome all of our friends, colleagues and partners to participate in the #ThanksToTheADA campaign.
Using any platform of your choosing, share a story of why are you thankful to the ADA or what the ADA means to you. You can include pictures, videos, or just plain text if you prefer. Make sure to include the #ThanksToTheADA and mention/tag @NewEnglandADA so we can stay engaged and have meaningful conversations around the ADA.
To see entries from the New England ADA Center, click #ThanksToTheADA.
We want to hear from everyone and share our stories with you too! Above is an example from New England ADA Center staff member Stacy Hart.
ADA Events Around New England
Changing Reality of Disability in America 2020
August 19, 2020 from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm (Virtual)
his national project illuminates 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. To learn more, click Changing Realty of Disability in America 2020.
ADA 30: A Call for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - Elected Officials' Remarks
The Boston Center for Independent Living BCIL held their virtual ADA30 rally and obtained remarks from our elected officials: Boston’s Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, and Congresswoman Pressley.
To watch the video click the image above or, click Elected Officials Remarks.
13th Annual Ability Walk and Roll
Wallnut Hill Park in New Britain CT on July 22nd at 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
To learn more, contact June O'Leary (860) 826-3368 or June.O'Leary@NewBritainCT.gov.
2020 Summer Concert Series
Mill Pond Park, Newington CT on July 23rd at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
To learn more, contact Joseph Harvey (860) 665-8566 or JHarvey@NewingtonCT.gov.
Artwork submission deadline June 30th
To learn more, click Invitation to Submit Artwork to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For more information, contact the NH Governor's Commission https://www.nh.gov/disability/
For more information, contact the RI Governor's Commission https://gcd.ri.gov/
ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where Do We Go Now?
July 14th from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
To learn more, click ADA Anniversaty Update: 30 Years, Where Do We Go Now?
ADA 30: "Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down"
July 21st from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
To learn more, click ADA 30: "Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down".
ADA at 30: Building an Inclusive Progressive Movement
July 23rd from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
To learn more, click ADA at 30: Building an Inclusive Progressive Movement.
Webinar-Digital Accessibility: What Have We Learned and What Does the Future Hold?
July 23rd at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
To learn more, click Digital Accessibility: What Have We Learned and What Does the Future Hold?
Webinar-Physical Access in Healthcare
July 23rd from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm ET
To learn more, click Physical Access in Healthcare.
Americans With Disabilities Act Virtual Rally
July 26th at 12:00 pm CT
To learn more, click Americans With Disabilities Act Virtual Rally.
July 29th at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
To learn more, click Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA.
ADA Anniversary Resources
ADA National Network
To help you celebrate the ADA, the ADA National Network has compiled a list of ADA events caround the nation and way for you to post your ADA celebration.
For events, click ADA Anniversary.