Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA

Posted by Adam Johnsen on June 10, 2015


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.

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