ADA Anniversary Links from Around the Web

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2011 ADA Address by Kathy Martinez Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy –

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – An “ADA Generation” Perspective” –

Education Week’s 21 Years After ADA, Census Reveals Some Startling Statistics –

Disabled Writers Celebrate ADA Anniversary –

2nd Annual Disability Pride Festival –

Blind Americans to Protest Subminimum Wages on Anniversary of ADA –

Getting My First Job: If Only…….What If???? (Reflections on the Anniversary of ADA) –


Happy ADA Quotable – Paul Longmore

“The unavoidabl​e public presence, the surprising​ political participat​ion of citizens with disabiliti​es is both the ADA’s cause and it’s consequenc​e. Claiming and exercising​ their rights of access, disabled people have compelled their country to move away from that historical​ isolation,​ segregation, and exclusion.​” – Paul Longmore

White House Disability Call Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 27 at 1pm)

In order to keep the public more informed, the White House Disability Group hosts monthly calls to provide updates on various disability issues, as well as to introduce individuals who work on these issues in the federal government.

The next call will take place on Wednesday, July 27th at 1:00 PM Eastern (TOMORROW)! This call is open to everyone, but is off the record and not for press purposes.

Dial in number: (866) 298-7926. Please call in five minutes early due to the large volume of callers expected.

Topics: Technology, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, independent agencies, emergency preparedness, employment, budgetary issues and other topics.

Title: White House Disability Call (use instead of code)

For live captioning, visit at the start of the event. Please be respectful and only use this feature if you are deaf or hard of hearing. If you would like to be added to the White House Disability Group email distribution list, visit and fill out the “Contact the Disabilities Issues Outreach Team” online form, or send an email to  with your full name, city, state and organization.

Department of Labor Commitment to Disability Hiring

From the DOL News Brief (link below)

Deputy Secretary of Labor Seth Harris recognized 50 human resource representatives of the financial services sector for their commitment to disability hiring and retention at a call to action summit on Tuesday. “The Labor Department is committed to creating that environment of opportunity for every person with a disability who wants a job, and using every technique at our disposal to do so. Partnership with the people in this room is proof that businesses can succeed because of, not in spite of, their commitment to disability hiring and retention,” said Harris.

The event, co-sponsored by DOL and the Financial Services Roundtable, also included Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy; Raymond Jefferson, assistant secretary of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service; Steve Bartlett, president and CEO of the Roundtable; and John Dalton, president of the Roundtable’s Housing Policy Council.

Article Excerpt from the DOL Newsletter –

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Click here to Read the Joint News Release

Celebrating the ADA at Home and Abroad – Special Advisor Judy Heumann, State Department

Article Excerpt from blog post by Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Department of State

Twenty-one years ago, the United States became the first country to adopt national civil rights legislation, unequivocally banning discrimination against people with disabilities in the public and private sectors. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was remarkable not only because of its groundbreaking provisions, but also because it was developed with the extensive participation of disability organizations, bi-partisan champions from the House and Senate, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the business community and widespread support from civil society. This was the first occasion that cross-disability organizations had worked collaboratively to advance a common cause. Since that time, the ADA has had a profound impact both at home and abroad. Here in the United States, the ADA, in tandem with other disability legislation, has been utilized to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas of life.

Abroad, the success of the ADA has encouraged many other nations to adopt their own domestic non-discrimination legislation, moving away from more traditional charity or welfare approaches to disability and empowering people with disabilities to claim their rightful place in society. Internationally, the ADA has been cited as one of the inspirations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In keeping with the drafting of the ADA, the CRPD incorporates the same principles of equality and non-discrimination.

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