Celebrate 25 years of the ADA

Posted by Matt on July 21, 2015
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Posted by Matt on June 16, 2015
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Celebrate the progress of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 25th ADA Anniversary – July 26, 2015 with the ADA National Network and its ten regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States.

Go here for more information: http://adaanniversary.org/pledgeon

Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA

Posted by Matt on June 10, 2015
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ada-final-logosThe Disability Community, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) and MSCOD, proudly present Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA, created by tpt journalist, David Gillette. Mr. Gillette creates a short, engaging video to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the ADA into law. We trust this whiteboard video essay offers a fun way to explore an overview of the ADA’s impact on the everyday lives of people with disabilities and the obstacles they face in the workplace. View the video HERE. (Audio described version coming soon)


Reflections on ADA’s 25th Anniversary

“At the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA, former Senator David Durenberger said that the federal legislation had roots in Minnesota law and policy that date back more than 50 years. He also recalled that many people, businesses and advocacy groups said the ADA couldn’t be passed for costs and practicality reasons. When told that companies and government couldn’t afford to make changes outlined in the ADA, Senator Durenberger’s response was ‘We can’t afford not to do it.’”
Senator Durenberger and others reflect on the ADA 25 years later in the latest installment of Moments in Disability History. To read more, please visit the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities website. The ADA Legacy Project “celebrates the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on disability rights, and honors the contributions of individuals with disabilities and their allies who persevered in securing the passage of this landmark civil rights legislation.”

Join us on July 26 for Minnesota’s premiere ADA Celebration!

MSCOD and the project partners have exciting plans for Sunday, July 26th. We are hosting the 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration and Family Day at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Everyone is invited to the party from noon until 4:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!

The Family Day includes:

  • Live entertainment
  • An open mic so YOU can tell YOUR story
  • Interactive arts activities
  • Light refreshments served
  • BBQ lunch is available for purchase
  • Reasonable accommodations provided
  • FREE parking and shuttle service

A portion of tpt’s upcoming documentary, The ADA at 25: Disability Rights in MN, will be premiered. This celebration will be fun for the whole family. We invite you to join us for this fun filled day! Stay tuned for more information.

ADA Conference Venue Announced!

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, MSCOD, along with the project partners, will host an ADA Celebration/Training Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 2nd Ave S). This conference will focus on employment, technology, advocacy, and community living. Also, in partnership with the Minnesota Business Leadership Network (MNBLN), we are excited to announce that the event will include a career fair for people with disabilities.

The conference will feature speakers and informative breakout sessions. The noon hour keynote program will be broadcast live statewide on Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) including participation from communities across the State of Minnesota. Details are being finalized and will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Share your opinions about MN’s Olmstead Plan

Minnesota’s Olmstead Subcabinet would like to hear from you. They need your comments and opinions as they revise and reshape the goals in the State’s Olmstead Plan.

Comments are accepted at any time throughout the year, however, comments submitted by Friday, June 19, will be reviewed by the teams that are currently revising the Plan.

There are several ways to submit your comment:

  • Online at mn.gov/Olmstead. Click “Participate” and follow instructions for our online form.
  • Email MNOlmsteadPlan@state.mn.us
  • Mail to the Olmstead Implementation Office, 400 Sibley Street, Suite 255 St. Paul, MN  55101
  • Call 651-296-8081

Not sure what to share? All comments are welcome, but the questions below may be helpful. Tell them your ideas for or experiences with:

  • Barriers with trying to get disability services
  • Improving choices for people with disabilities
  • Improving opportunities for making informed choices about services, housing, employment and education
  • How to improve services for people with disabilities
  • How to measure outcomes of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan

Share your point of view on the ADA!

There is still time to be a part of the future of the ADA in Minnesota! MSCOD contracted with the Improve Group, an external research group from Saint Paul, to study what the employment landscape in Minnesota looks like now that ADA has been law for 25 years. We want to hear from people with disabilities who are employed or seeking employment, to learn how the ADA has impacted their job search and ability to work. We also want to hear from employers regarding how the ADA has impacted hiring practices.

The survey is completely anonymous and can be found here:http://tinyurl.com/ADA25employmentMN

Please share it with everyone!

ADA News

About the ADA 25th Anniversary Legacy Project

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 25 years old on July 26, 2015. The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) is planning a number of activities leading up to and marking this historic day.

The MSCOD ADA 25 year Anniversary Legacy Project seeks to preserve and raise awareness of Minnesota’s role in the development of the ADA as well as celebrate Minnesota’s disability cultures in tandem with the 25 year anniversary of the passage of the ADA.

More information about the Legacy Fund

MSCOD’s Legacy Funds are administered by the Minnesota Humanities Center.

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted by Matt on May 22, 2015
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unnamedOn July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. On July 26, 2015, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA.

The ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers and changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life. However, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if we remain committed to continue our efforts to fully implement the ADA.

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, the Great Lakes ADA Center wants to learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act impacted the lives of people with disabilities and their family/friends. Please click on the following link to finish this statement


The ADA25 and Faith Initiative

Posted by Matt on April 30, 2015
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The ADA25 and Faith Initiative: http://faithanddisability.org/projects/ada-25th-anniversary/

The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition of the American Association of Persons with Disabilities and the National Collaborative on Faith and Disability have initiated the ADA25 and Faith Campaign to encourage faith communities and organizations to sponsor and join in celebrations and activities related to ADA25. Congregations can sign a Faith Community Proclamation developed in collaboration with the ADA National Network recommitting to the vision of the ADA as well as customize resources to educational and celebration events.  

Publicity is going out through religious organizations and networks but people with disabilities, families and disability organizations can also play a vital role by inviting their own faith community and/or  others in their community to participate.

Questions regarding this initiative can be directed to:

Bill Gaventa

bill.gaventa@gmail.com, or 732-718-5875

ADA Impact Survey

Posted by Matt on April 27, 2015
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Please consider participating in the ADA impact survey at: https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/12291g568bd!

Lex Frieden, the legendary key author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, needs help evaluating the impact of the landmark civil rights law.

Frieden, and the organization he works with, Independent Living Research Utilization, ILRU, have developed a 10-minute online survey. It collects the opinions of people with disabilities, advocates and interested parties nationwide in preparation for the 25th anniversary of the law’s signing.

According to ILRU, “The information gathered from this survey will help us 1) understand what aspects of society have become more accessible due to the ADA; 2) understand what areas of society still require further investigation and proposed solutions; and 3) to develop and improve the information, support, and guidance needed to help further the goals of the ADA. These findings will also provide the foundation for further research on the ADA and its impact on people with disabilities.”

They have received hundreds of responses, but they are urging more people all over the US to take the survey, particularly those in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Puerto Rico.

Upcoming Webinar about Accessible Design

Posted by Matt on April 09, 2015
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and planning Accessible Design in Device Demonstration and Display Rooms for Tech Act State Programs

Please join the Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the RESNA Catalyst Project and the Southwest ADA Center for a webinar on “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards and planning Accessible Design in Device Demonstration and Display Rooms for Tech Act State Programs” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. eastern.

This webinar will provide a discussion on improving the quality of program accessibility for Tech Act State Device Demonstrations. The Maryland Technology Assistance Program model includes two demonstration sites and a descriptive on line device inventory. The program is working with the Montgomery County Public Libraries to increase statewide access to assistive technologies for people of all ages with disabilities.

To Register or for additional information visit:

Sessions are presented via a fully accessible Blackboard Web Conferencing platform. For first time users it is recommended that you prepare your technology prior to the session. Captioning is also provided via the Blackboard Web Conferencing platform. Please visit the registration site for more information.

For more information about this platform visit:


You may receive CEUs for attending some webinar sessions. RESNA is an approved authorized provider for CEU credits by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). You can receive 0.1 CEUs for a 60 or 90 minute webinar. Contact Paul Galonsky via email at pgalonsky@resna.org to apply for CEUs. There is a $16 fee to receive credits for each webinar.
We hope you will join us, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

This webinar is a collaborative of the Southwest ADA Center, The RESNA Catalyst Project. The Great Lakes ADA Center and ADA National Network.

ADA Anniversary Tool Kit Website

Posted by Matt on March 26, 2015
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Throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary – July 26, celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in your workplaces, schools and communities. While much progress has been made, much remains to be done.

Explore the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit  at http://adaanniversary.org/


Posted by Matt on January 20, 2015
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We are pleased to announce that the ADA National Network is hosting the 19th annual ADA National Symposium on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability issues. The Symposium will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from May 10 to 13, 2015.

The ADA Symposium includes up to date information regarding employment, communication, transportation, emergency preparedness, case law, regulatory updates for government and private entities and the latest on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Hear from presenters representing various federal agencies including the Departments of Justice, Education, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Access Board.  This year there are break-out sessions on a wide-range of ADA related topics and online access to hand-outs from all sessions prior to the conference. You can view the Symposium Schedule and Agenda http://www.adasymposium.org/Schedule.html schedule of sessions and activities on-line.

The Great Lakes Center will continue our history of supporting participation and attendance from across our six state region.  To that end, we are making available a number of stipends in the amount of $650.00 to cover the cost of registration completed by March 20, 2015. (Recipients who fail to register by the March 20, 2015 deadline will forfeit their stipend).

Applications will only be accepted from individuals who reside in the Great Lakes Region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI).  This stipend is only valid for the 2015 Symposium and registration must be completed by March 20, 2015.

Applications will be accepted through January 30th, 2015.  Notification to recipients will be made by email within the first week of February to enable individuals to meet the early bird registration deadline of March 20, 2015.

Applications for the Application <http://www.adagreatlakes.org/> stipends can be completed on-line.  Questions regarding the Symposium and the stipend program should be directed to the Great Lakes Center at 800-949-4232 (V/TTY) between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm Central Time or by email to


Stipend recipients are responsible for their own travel arrangements and travel costs.   The registration fee includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches plus a networking reception.  The 2015 Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $139.00 plus tax. Hotel information can be found Hotel Information http://www.adasymposium.org/Hotel.html on the Symposium Website.

Your point of view of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Posted by Matt on November 24, 2014
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ADA 25 Years LogoWhat do you have to say about the ADA? Share your point of view!

In 2015, the Americans with Disabilities Act will reach a 25-year milestone of having become law. As part of an overall effort to describe the ADA’s role in Minnesota, we want to know the impact of it on your experience as an employer or as a person with a disability who is currently employed or seeking employment.

Be a part of the future of the ADA in MN:


Please respond by January 17, 2015!

More about the survey:

Minnesota State Council on Disability contracted with the Improve Group, an external research group from Saint Paul, to study what the employment landscape in Minnesota looks like now that ADA has been law for 25 years. We are asking employers and people with a disability who are employed or seeking employment to complete this survey to inform the public’s understanding of ADA’s impact. The survey asks about the following:

·         Familiarity with ADA and laws regarding employment of people with a disability

·         Opinions about ADA and experiences with employment, job-seeking, and hiring

·         Changes and experience with employers’ Human Resources

·         Best practices regarding employing people with disabilities

·         Basic demographics

We also ask that you share this survey with everyone you know. All opinions count.

You may also request a copy of the study’s final report!

We are excited to learn about your experience with ADA,


For a list of our partners in planning all 25th ADA events and activities, please click here.