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ADA30: Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act

Also celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

10/15/2020 4:02:54 PM

ASL version

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English version

The 30th Anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) will take place on October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. This free, 90-minute, online event will feature informative presentations, artistic performances, and more.

The presenters for this event will include the following:

Barry Taylor, Vice President for Civil Rights and Systemic Litigation and Rachel Weisberg, Staff Attorney, both from Equip for Equality, will present: “30 Years of Employment Rights & The ADA: Where We’ve Been; Where We Are and Where We’re Going”. Over the past three decades, courts have decided many landmark ADA cases that have forever changed the landscape for people with disabilities. This webinar will review pivotal historical ADA decisions, analyze the current state of the law, and consider what we might see in the future, including as new issues arise, such as COVID-19.

Special guest performers will include the following:

Alice Sheppard, a Disabled artist/dance/choreographer. Kinetic Light, founded in 2016 by Sheppard, is a project-based ensemble, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology. The event will feature a piece from “DESCENT”. Combining dance, architecture, design, and technology, the work challenges cultural assumptions of what disability, dance, and beauty can be.

Dupree Edwards, a rapper, disability advocate, and community leader. A musician and Teaching Artist Program Support Assistant at Upstream Arts, Edwards brings a powerful, personal message to his music.

Vincent Peterson, a Metropolitan State University student pursuing a degree in computer science, will emcee the event.

To find more information and to register for this event, visit the website or Facebook page

If you have difficulty accessing the online registration, please email the event organizers with your contact information and use “October ADA event” in your subject line. 

ASL and CART services will be provided for this event. Portions will be audio described. To request additional accommodations, contact Linda Gremillion by email by Monday, October 19, 2020. 

More details and an event agenda coming soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and website. Stay in touch for updates!

A big thank you to our sponsors and to Metropolitan State University and Minnesota State for their technical support in hosting this virtual event. The list of Committee Celebration Hosts can be found on the ADA30MN website.


James Paul Beldon III for ASL talent.

Jesse Koon for voiceover.

Keystone Interpreting Solutions for video production.

Additional information

The event will feature keynote remarks from Minnesota Humanities Center CEO Kevin Lindsey. As the former Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights under Governor Dayton, he was a steadfast advocate in many forums for the rights of individuals with disabilities.


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