Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the
Americans with Disabilities Act

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The article below is from The Arc of Maryland July 2015 Newsletter


July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 are taking place across the nation.


The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give 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. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.


To celebrate this 25th milestone, the ADA National Network and its ten regional ADA Centers across the United States offer an ADA Anniversary Tool Kit for use by the public and the media through the ADA Anniversary website (ADAanniversary.org). Consider using this kit to help promote this milestone anniversary.


Dan Rosner, front, with his wife, Maria (left), and his mom, Pat (right)

Dan Rosner, front, with his wife, Maria (left), and his mom, Pat (right)

Marylanders Reflect on 25 Years of the ADA

As Americans across the country plan their celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Marylanders are sharing what this anniversary means to their families.


The Arc Maryland Board Member Jim Rosner and his wife, Pat, have witnessed the many changes that have occurred since the ADA passed. “It is hard to believe that we are approaching the 25th anniversary of the ADA.  Twenty-five years ago opponents argued that the passage of the ADA would cause cataclysmic problems.  Twenty-five years ago proponents of the ADA imagined that by 2015 people with disabilities would be fully included in our society.  The ADA has not yet leveled the playing field for people with disabilities, but it remains an important tool in enabling us to make incremental steps in the inclusion of people with disabilities in our society.  Hopefully the pace of inclusion will quicken over the next 25 years,” said Jim.


Toby Lear, left, swings with his five-year-old big brother, J.D.

Toby Lear, left, swings with his five-year-old big brother, J.D.

“To be honest, my husband and I never thought about the ADA a great deal until our son Toby came along.  Toby was born with epiliepsy and has cerebral palsy as a result, so we are unsure of what his long term development will look like.  Now, we are incredibly grateful for the families that came before us and worked for this law to be passed,” said Lauren Lear, Toby’s mom. “It gives us a distinct peace of mind to know that regardless of our son’s abilities, he’ll have opportunities to go to school, work, and take part in public life just as our normally developing son will.  Toby attends a day care that accommodates kids who are normally developing as well as kids with disabilities, and we don’t think he would have the benefits of this center without the ADA.  While we know there will always be work to be done to further acceptance of individuals with disabilities, we are happy that our son was born at a time that there is such a strong foundation in place.”


Liz Weintraub, advocacy specialist with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), hosts a Tuesdays with Liz policy discussion and during the month of July, her videos will focus on the ADA’s 25th Anniversary. To see her first video, CLICK HERE…


MD Dept. of Disabilities Hosts ADA
25th Anniversary Event at Camden Yards

The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) will host a 25th Anniversary ADA Celebration on Sunday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Camden Yards Warehouse in Baltimore. Registration is strongly encouraged by visiting MDOD’s website by clicking here. You also can join the Facebook group and RSVP by the link below. The celebration begins with a welcoming of the Legacy Bus that has toured the state and a community fair with outdoor festivities. At noon, on the 6th Floor of the Camden Warehouse, there will be an indoor reception. For more information, contact Carrie McGraw at MDOD at carrie.mcgraw@maryland.gov or by calling 410-767-3654.


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Maryland’s Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA