Two Important Anniversary Years: Olmstead and the ADA

2014 and 2015 are big anniversaries for the disability rights advocates.  These anniversaries are opportunities to spread the word to people with disabilities, advocates, and the larger community of the rights people with disabilities have to live fully integrated lives in the community and the opportunity the community has to be enriched by being inclusive, inviting and accommodating.  In 2014, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Olmstead v. LC, the most important civil rights legal decision for people with disabilities.  Then, in 2015, we celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA).  

Already, the ADA Legacy Project has begun the process for celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ADA.  It has created an outstanding website at ADALegacy.org.  The mission of The ADA Legacy Project is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by:

  • preserving and promoting the history of the disability rights movement; 
  • celebrating the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as other related disability rights legislation and accomplishments; and 
  • educating the public to create opportunities for inclusion, access, and equal rights for the future.

Please go to their website to learn about upcoming events and get excited for 2015, or don’t wait, go ahead and get involved now.  

For the 15th Anniversary of Olmstead, a new website will be debuting this summer called OlmsteadRights.org.  The website will tell Olmstead stories through narratives, audio recordings, and videos of people whose lives have been changed by Olmstead.  We will also have a major celebration of the 15th Anniversary at the Carter Presidential Library on June 23, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Go here to find out more about this great celebration.  You can also follow the Olmstead anniversary celebration by liking I am Olmstead on Facebook.  

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