Jun 15 2020
Increasing Access & Opportunity - 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Women In Government Podcast
Increasing Access & Opportunity: 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
This July 26th marks the 30th anniversary of a landmark decision that changed the lives of people living with disabilities. Back in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act or (ADA) was passed and signed into law. It effectively prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life.
On this episode of the Women In Government Podcast, our panel discusses how far we've come from the dark days of people being viewed as “defective” and in need of “fixing.”
It’s been an incredible 30 years of breaking down barriers and striving for equality in employment, education, and public access for people with disabilities. The ADA remains a crucial tool in addressing persistent discrimination, and new barriers, like inaccessible websites, online systems, mobile apps, and other forms of information and communication technology.
One thing is certain, what we do today will impact future generations of people looking to live their own American Dream over the next 30 years.
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Moderator: Connecticut State Representative Christie Carpino, WIG Board Member-Eastern Regional Director
GUEST #1: Illinois State Senator, Julie Morrison, Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and founder of the Special Needs Caucus
GUEST #2: Bobby Silverstein J.D., Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC and Legislative Counsel, State Exchange on Employment and Disability or (SEED)
GUEST #3: Nadia Mossburg, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
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For Transcript, visit https://www.womeningovernment.org/policies_publications/policy-issues/state-exchange-employment-and-disability-seed
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Audio courtesy of OSUCHLUCK Productions, www.osuchluck.com