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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Two Free Events - July 29

July 26, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Buffalo State College is pleased to announce two free events on Wednesday, July 29, to celebrate.

Since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and with the 2008 amendment and updated revisions, our citizens have had codified civil rights support in a myriad of areas, including federal, state, and local governments; public accommodations; and commercial facilities.

The ADA at Thirty Years Old
Noon–1:00 p.m.

Presenters (English stream): Joe Zesski, Jennifer Perry, Chris Sweet, Northeast ADA technical assistance team
(Spanish stream): Yessica Guardiola, Movimiento para el Alcance de Vida Independiente (MAVI), Northeast ADA Puerto Rico affiliate

On July 26, the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. This landmark law was the first of its kind in the country to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in employment and in accessing state and local government programs and activities as well as the goods and services of businesses. In this webinar, Northeast ADA staff members will reflect on the ADA, its history, and its impact so far on our community and the lives of people with disabilities. It will also highlight areas where there is still work to be done on implementing the ADA. Questions about the ADA and its anniversary are encouraged. This webinar will be presented in English and in a separate but simultaneous Spanish stream.

Register now.


Celebrating Diversity through Disability: In Search of Common Values
SUNY Virtual Conversation
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Leaders in higher education and public service will come together for an important virtual discussion that will focus on people with all kinds of disabilities and discuss ways to empower and provide opportunities through education, civic engagement, and the workforce.

John Graham, Associate Provost for Student Affairs and University Life, SUNY
Christopher Rosa, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Inclusion Initiatives, CUNY

Catherine Carlson, Director, Office of Accessibility Services, Columbia-Greene Community College and President, New York State Disability Services Council
Stacey Hengsterman, President, Special Olympics New York
Katherine Conway-Turner, President, SUNY Buffalo State College
John Robinson, CEO, Our Ability
Victoria Everett, Student, SUNY Buffalo State College

Register now.


From the ADA Network: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

Submitted by: Amy Rosen-Brand
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