Lives Changed: Thirty Years of the ADA
On July 26, 1990, the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act marked a new era for people with disabilities. The landmark legislation prohibiting discrimination based on disability aimed to assure that that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The law covered several areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation, and public and private places that are open to the general public.
The KU Life Span Institute has conducted research aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities for more than 60 years. Together with many units at the University of Kansas, we are marking this anniversary through our media and programs. Please join us for:
Look Back, Look Forward: The ADA at 30
"Look Back/Look Forward: The ADA at 30,” will be held at 3 pm October 14. This virtual panel features:
- Jean Hall, director of the Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies and professor in the KU Department of Applied Behavioral Science
- Lex Frieden, professor of biomedical informatics and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Anjali Forber-Pratt, assistant professor at the Department of Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University
- Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress
The panel will be moderated by Michael Wehmeyer, chair of the KU Department of Special Education, Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor in Special Education, and director and senior scientist at the Beach Center on Disability.
Advance registration is required for this free event.
Lifelong Disability Rights Champion Judith Heumann to Participate in Campus Celebration
Judith Heumann, internationally recognized disability rights leader and activist, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the University of Kansas and Lawrence communities and guests worldwide Oct. 28-29.The Life Span Institute is a proud co-sponsor of “ADA 30 – Nothing About Us Without Us – A Celebration with Judith Heumann,” scheduled for Oct. 28-29. The events, which may be held virtually because of COVID-19, include a keynote by Heumann and additional programming to be announced in fall 2020. The two-day celebration is organized by the KU ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility and 44 other campus and community partners. More information and an event schedule are on the event website.
Ray Mizumura-Pence, associate teaching professor of American Studies and co-Director of the Disability Studies Seminar at the Hall Center for the Humanities, prepared a list of resources across books, websites, film and other media for those who would like to learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act and people with disabilities.