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Great Lakes ADA Center Celebrates 19 Years of Americans with Disabilities Act

  • Published: 2009-07-25 (Revised/Updated 2010-05-12) : Author: DBTAC
  • Synopsis: July 26, 2009 marks the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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The DBTAC- Great Lakes ADA Center Celebrates 19 years of promoting voluntary compliance of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 26, 2009 marks the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to access businesses, employment, transportation, telecommunications, as well as State and local government programs and services.

The DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center is one of ten regional information centers on the ADA that facilitates voluntary compliance via a broad and diverse network of partners across the Midwest. The states served by the Center are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

The Great Lakes Center funds State Affiliates to help foster voluntary compliance of the ADA within the six states. The Center works with the State Affiliates and other organizations in order to provide technical assistance, trainings, and materials on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and on accessible information technology. The mission of the Affiliates is to enhance and utilize local resources, trainings, technical assistance, and conferences, in order to get voluntary compliance with the ADA. The Affiliates serve as a centralized and statewide vehicle that educates and promotes full implementation of the ADA throughout the state.

Each Affiliate provides the following services:

Education, training, and topic specific presentations

Connection to a network of local and national agencies

Publications with information on employment, accessibility, reasonable accommodations, etc.

More information regarding our Affiliates can be found at:

Illinois ADA Project -

ADA Indiana -

Michigan ADA Steering Committee -

ADA Minnesota -

ADA Ohio -

Wisconsin ADA Partnership -

In addition, the Great Lakes Center has partnered with a variety of entities to conduct outreach, awareness, training and consultation in the area of accessible technology. Activities include a web based collection of resources ( and a webinar series covering a variety of topics. The Center strives to work with a variety of entities to insure that their technology is accessible to customers, employees, students, staff and the public with disabilities. Midwest Related Anniversary Related Activities and Future Events Illinois

Chicago - Live the Dream ADA Celebration on Wednesday July 15, 2009 from 10:00am -3:00pm in the James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, 60608. For more information and workshop registration, call: 312-793-0034 (Voice), 312-793-3597 (TTY), or 888-614-2385 (TTY/Nextalk). Indiana

Bloomington - Training on Information Technology (Hosted Webinar) at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community on Monday July 13, 2009. The ADA and Indiana University will address "The Why and How to Create Accessible PDFs." Contact via email at for more information about time and location.

Multiple Indiana Locations - ADA Update: 19 Years Later (Audio Conference) on Tuesday July 21, 2009 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm featuring the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For more information and locations visit

Bloomington - Free Training on Making Local Businesses Accessible on Tuesday July 28, 2009 for building inspectors and architects through the "Making Businesses Accessible: If We Build It Right, They Will Come!" program. For more information, contact via email at

Indianapolis - Trainings for hotels and other places of lodging hosted by the ADA on Tuesday July 28, 2009 for staff from hotels and other places of lodging in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. For more information, contact via email at Michigan

Kalamazoo - ADA Update: 19 Years Later Audio Conference on Tuesday July 21 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at Disability Network; 517 E. Crosstown Parkway. For registration information visit

Flint - Community Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration Picnic on Friday July 24, 2009 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Kearsley Park. For more information and events visit

Ability Bike Tour, A ride to raise awareness for growing population of ABLE people in Michigan the Tour begins on Saturday July 25th, 2009 at 8:00am - 9:30am at Peckham, 3510 Capital City Blvd, Lansing Michigan. For more information and to fill out the registration form visit Minnesota

ADA Celebration - Hosted by the Minnesota State Council on Disability, ADA Minnesota, VSA Arts and the Minnesota Department of Public Health on Friday, July 24th 2009 from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the Mississippi Room at the Department of Public Health, 1695 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul. For more information, visit Wisconsin

Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education's Facilities Maintenance Workshop reassures that faculties are with compliance of the ADA and will be held on September 17, 2009 at MATC Downtown Educational Center Room D240 in Madison. For more information and registration visit

Wisconsin's Society for Human Resource Management 2009 Conference is being hosted at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells from October 14-16, 2009. For more information visit National ADA Anniversary Related Activities and Events

ADA Update: 19 Years Later - Audio Conference - Mark the 19th anniversary of the ADA by joining this audio conference as we listen to representatives of the Federal Agencies present an update on their litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the presenters regarding issues in their own workplace or community. For more information visit

Disability Pride Parade - 6th Annual Disability Pride Parade, "Disabled and Proud 2009: Pride Realized is Destiny Empowered," is being held on Saturday, July 25 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. For details go to or call 1-800-260-5812.

18th Annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo - This event to expand knowledge and gain new solutions directly related to workers' comp, disability, and return-to-work programs. The conference will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago from November 18-20, 2009 and the expo will take place at the same location on November 18-19, 2009. For registration and more information visit

2009 Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Anniversary Tool Kit - The DBTAC - Network of ADA Centers together with their Affiliate Networks and Partners have accomplished significant results toward voluntary ADA compliance. The Tool Kit captures our collective achievements and offers informative materials designed to help you plan and publicize your ADA activities during the ADA Anniversary and throughout the year. The Tool Kit includes:

Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

ADA - Findings, Purpose, and History

The Americans with Disabilities Act from a Civil Rights Perspective

Americans with Disabilities Act Resources and Publications

Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead Resources

ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) Summary and Resources

Statistics You Can Use

The White House Agenda on Disabilities

Tips on Writing a News Release

Sample Proclamation: ADA Anniversary

National DBTAC Initiatives

The 2009 ADA Anniversary Tool Kit can be downloaded at

The DBTAC - Great Lakes ADA Center is proud of our involvement promoting voluntary compliance with the ADA. However, the center recognizes the importance of continued efforts and looks forward to positive changes in the future. For more information about the DBTAC -Great Lakes ADA Center please call 1-800-949-4232 (V/TTY), 312-413-1856 (Fax) or visit our website at

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