ADA 25 Georgia
The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 has profoundly changed how society views and accommodates its citizens with disabilities. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as all others who live in the United States. The ADA is comprised of five sections that ensure:
- Equal Employment Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities
- Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services
- Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities
- Equal Access to Interstate and Intrastate Telecommunications Services
- Security of the ADA in its relationship to other laws, state immunity, its impact on insurance providers and benefits, and other miscellaneous provisions
July 16, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the ADA and across the country ADA Legacy Tour events will celebrate this law that has changed the lives of thousands of Americans. These celebrations honor work by regional and national organizations that seek to preserve the history of disability rights, recognize the growth that has happened in the 25 years since the signing of the ADA, and educate future generations of advocates and leaders.
In Atlanta Georgia the ADA Legacy Tour /ADA Legacy Project will culminate its one year cross-country travels in Atlanta June 12-13, 2015. Interactive exhibits and informative workshops raise awareness of the significance of the ADA, promote the theme “Disability Rights Are Civil Rights,” and generate enthusiasm for the 25th ADA Anniversary.
The Society for Disability Studies will hold its annual meeting June 10-13, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual meeting, which draws at least 500 participants from around the nation and the world, is a networking space for students and professors of Disability Studies. The meeting includes panels, discussions, plenary lectures, poster sessions, and social events. The Society for Disability Studies prides itself on hosting an event that is accessible at many levels. ADA 25 Georgia Legacy will contribute a session on the final day to encourage dialogue among people of diverse abilities. After a video presentation about prejudice against people with disabilities, ten facilitators will guide discussion groups that lead to individual pledges to act in ways that promote universal inclusion and appreciation.
In conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month, ADA 25 Georgia Legacy will work with organizations, corporations, and the Georgia Department if Labor to increase job opportunities for Georgians with disabilities through job fairs, employment shadowing and training opportunities.
For more information on upcoming Georgia events celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act follow CLD through our Twitter handle @CLD_GSU and like us on Facebook on our Center for Leadership in Disability page.
For more information on the ADA Legacy Project and the ADA Legacy Tour visit www.adalegacy.com