Stay up-to-date on ADA 25th Anniversary events taking place in the Washington, DC area in 2015 or find an ADA anniversary event being held near you:

June 8 – 10 — American Printing House for the Blind presents “Learning without Limits: A Celebration of Educational Opportunities for People with Vision Loss – Past, Present & Future” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. A reception honoring Sen. John Yarmuth and Sen. Mitch McConnell will be held on the evening of June 9.
June 22 – The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living will host a Joint Commemoration of the Olmstead Decision and the ADA at HHS Headquarters (Hubert Humphrey Building).
July 4 – The U.S. Department of State will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA in conjunction with Independence Day celebrations at U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world. Visit the Web page of the State Department’s Special Advisor for International Disability Rights to learn more.
June 8 – ADA 25: Lessons in Leadership and Legacy Conference, Constitution Center Auditorium – this free, day long workshop provides the opportunity for people with disabilities and disability advocacy organizations to participate in interactive discussions and training sessions.
July 16 – August 2 — John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts & Smithsonian Institution 25/40 Celebration – the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian are hosting a celebration of arts, culture and history this July to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA and the 40th anniversary of VSA. Events will include art exhibits, musical and dance performances, a film festival and other exciting events —all free and open to everyone. Exhibits will include:
Focus Forward, Kennedy Center Hall of Nations: features work from previous VSA Emerging Young Artists Program winners
VSA Permanent Art Collection, Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
ADA 25th Anniversary – Championing Disability Rights, Kennedy Center Family Theater Lower Lobby
VSA 40th Anniversary – Championing the Arts, Kennedy Center Hall of States
Photography – Disability Pride on Both Sides of the Camera, Kennedy Center Nations Gallery
July 16 — An Evening of Comedy with Josh Blue, ADA Celebration Opening Performance, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage
July 17 — A Night of VSA International Young Soloists, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage
July 20 — TiLT Challenge Screening & Dance Party, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
July 20 – August 14 — Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015 Exhibition, National Museum of American History. Exhibit will include highlights from the history of accessible transportation from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
July 20 – 21 — Lex Frieden will host a meeting of disability experts at the U.S. Access Board headquarters.
July 21 — American Sign Language Storytellers Night, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage.
July 22 — American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Justice for All Awards Ceremony & Rooftop Reception
July 22 — Let’s Read, Let’s Move Event with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
July 22 — Cabinet of Curiosities: How Disability Was Kept in a Box, National Museum of American History (learn more)
July 23 — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Access Board will host a joint celebration of the ADA anniversary and the enforcement efforts of both agencies. Location TBD.
July 23 — Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage
July 23 – 24 — National Council on Disability Quarterly Meeting, to be held at the U.S. Access Board headquarters. An ADA 25th anniversary reception will be held at the National Youth Transition Center, 2013 H Street NW, the evening of July 23.
July 24 — The U.S. Department of Education will host a ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Department’s headquarters (400 Maryland Ave. SW).
July 24 — Conversation on Latinos & the ADA, National Museum of American History
July 24 – Blessings Offor, Rhythm and Blues Showcase, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage
July 24 – 26 — Smithsonian’s Festival ADA: 25 Years of Disability Civil Rights
July 25 – Disability Film Festival, National Museum of American History
July 25 — National Dance Day: Dance for Everybody, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage
July 26 — ADA25 Legacy Bus & Disability Rights Museum on Wheels arrives in Washington, DC, Madison Drive on Mall side of the National Museum of American History grounds
July 26 — Jean Kennedy Smith Series: Disability + Culture, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
July 26 – Celebration Concert, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
July 26 — “From Access to Belonging: An Interfaith Service Celebrating the Progress & Promise of the ADA,” First Trinity Lutheran Church (309 E Street NW)
July 27 — National Disability Leadership Alliance ADA Anniversary Gala: A Celebration of Pride, Power & Promise, Grand Hyatt DC
July 27 – 29 — Access Board Meeting
July 27 – 30 — National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Annual Conference: “Generation ADA Rise Up.” Agenda includes a March, Rally & Capitol Hill Visits on July 28.
July 28 — Congressional Briefing on 21st Century Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), organizers include the National Council on Disability, the U.S. Social Security Administration, National Council on Independent Living & CareerACCESS.
July 28 — Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) will host an event honoring former Senator Bob Dole with the Gordon Mansfield Congressional Leadership Award at PVA headquarters, 800 18th Street NW.
July 29 — The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold an ADA 25th anniversary event with a keynote address and panel discussion at FEMA headquarters (500 C Street SW).
July 29 — Lennard J. Davis, author of “Enabling Acts: The Hidden History of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority its Rights,” will hold a book signing at the National Archives.
July 31 — The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host a Corporate Leadership Event (location TBD).
August 3 – 4 — VSA Intersections: Arts & Special Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
August 11 — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration will host a training in Washington, DC about civil rights obligations for airport operators. The training will include sessions on airport accessibility for people with disabilities. The FAA will also publish in the Federal Register an Advisory Circular addressing airport accessibility for people with disabilities.
In recognition of this important anniversary, the ADA Legacy Project is tracking ADA 25th Anniversary events in each state. Find ADA anniversary events throughout the country.

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I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

2 thoughts on “Stay up-to-date on ADA 25th Anniversary events taking place in the Washington, DC area in 2015 or find an ADA anniversary event being held near you:”

  1. for NYC, NYC.gov/MOPD. 7/12 the Disability Pride Parade. 7/01-10/23, Brooklyn Historic Society, all summer CUNY lecture series, and all sorts of other stuff. community groups can list their personal events on the calendar.

    I hope the 3 of you will join us & march. You could walk with Any group you bring together. For example Rock Climbers or whatever. We’d appreciate your group registers so we can figure out the number of attendees.

    Disability Pride NYC in Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

    Edith Prentiss 504 Dems, DIA, TFAC, DIA, DNNYC, DPNYC

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