ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where do We go Now?

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

Great Lakes ADA Center
Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr, RA, Jae Jin Pak, Emily Ladau, Maria Town

Training Overview Description

On July 26,1990, President George H. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The intent of the ADA was to provide persons with disabilities equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. Thirty years down the road what is the state of disability rights in the United States?

Join us as our speakers look forward and discuss what needs to be done to further the rights of persons with disabilities and fulfill the goals of the ADA. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to our speakers.

Event-specific Details


Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr, RA, Institute of Disability and Human Development, UIC
Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr. is a research assistant at UIC’s Institute of Disability and Human Development, writer, and autistic self-advocate in Chicago. Gordon usually advocates for autism and disability acceptance in communities of color, equitable funding for diverse learning, combating police violence towards people with disabilities He is also a co-founder of Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition, a group consisting of people of color with disabilities in the Chicagoland area who promote disability acceptance and self-advocacy in marginalized communities.

Jae Jin Pak, Community Education & Training Coordinator,, Disability and Human Development, UIC
Jae Jin is the Self Advocacy Training Coordinator for the IL LEND program working to empower self advocatesthrough leadership development. He has worked to build bridges between diverse communities and providers to foster collaborations and partnerships. Jae JIn also serves as community education & training coordinator for IDHD, developing, coordinating and conducting presentation on disability related topics.

Emily Ladau, Editor in Chief, Rooted in Rights Blog
Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, speaker, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013. In 2017, she was named as one of Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 Young Alumni. In 2018, she was awarded the Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Maria Town, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities

Continuing Education Recognition Available
Certificate ACTCP or Certificate of Attendance Credit hours 1.5

Questions for presenters:

  • What do you believe is the biggest accomplishment of the ADA in the first 30 years? What is the biggest issue we need to address in the next five years?
  • Are there any ADA guideline updates the pertain to COVID19? If not does the DOJ plan to create guidelines for safety for all during this Pandemic but still follow ADA guidelines?
  • What legislation is in the works to improve the ADA that we can get behind and support by writing to our legislators?
  • How does the ADA apply to restricted options for students with disabilities and health conditions when school starts in the fall? In my district, those who cannot go back to school in person will be required to move to different school for independent study or attend a self contained special education classroom. Do these result in denial of equal access?
  • Have women benefited as much as men from improvements in work opportunities resulting from ADA compliance.
  • How can we partner with those in our communities of color right now to also work on ending racial trauma which intersects with people with disabilities and our movement?
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