Press Release

May 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MICHIGAN  DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT,  IN SPITE OF THE PANDEMIC. 

Detroit, Michigan — May 25, 2020 — On July 26, 2020, ADA30, a consortium of disability organizations in and around Michigan, will begin daily online events that examine Disability Rights, Disability Justice and celebrate cultural access. The  commemoration will kick off on July 26, 2020,  the 30th anniversary of the original signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law by President George H. W. Bush. 

Opening with remarks by Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Richard Bernstein and Senator Gary Peters, the daily events continue through September 27, 2020, with a planned  live culminating celebration in Detroit’s Eastern Market. “We are thrilled to have been part of this wonderful series of events from its conception,” states Dr. Michael Gielniak, Executive Director of Michigan Arts Access. “The disability community have leveraged their creativity and many talents to overcome tremendous hurdles during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our new plan transforms our original face-to-face event into “ADA Every Day” – daily activities that I hope will continue well beyond this innovative program.”

Susan Fitzmaurice,  founder and organizational leader  of the ADA30 celebration, is also excited about the quality and breadth of the ADA30  activities. “When we realized that we’d need to change plans in the face of the pandemic, we quickly regrouped. Our new online program will let us reach a broader, national and global audience, and reach people with disabilities who face transportation and access issues.”  Robin Jones, Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center and sponsor of the events also understands the importance of commemorating the ADA’s passage “The ADA is the most significant piece of civil rights legislation impacting the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.   It is critical that we keep the momentum moving forward to ensure that the accomplishments made to date are preserved but at the same time recognize that we are not done.  Anniversaries allow us to reflect and celebrate the past while  challenging and motivating us to do more.”

All of the events are free and open to the general public. Online sessions will include captioning, interpreters, and audio describing. The site also includes directions on how to use the online platform, as well as information on  accommodations for the Blind, Deaf, and hard of hearing.

About Michigan Arts Access (MiAA)

MiAA is a non-profit organization that promotes creativity, education and accessibility to the arts for people with disabilities by creating an inclusive society where they may participate in, learn through, excel in and enjoy the arts. For more information, please visit www.miartsacess.org or contact Dr. Gielniak at michael@miartsacces.org or call (586) 216-1996.

About Great Lakes ADA Center

The Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Topics addressed includes the non-discrimination requirements in employment, the obligations of state and local governments and business to ensure that programs, services and activities are readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. For more information visit www.adagreatlakes.org or contact Robin Ann Jones at guiness@uic.edu or call (312) 996-1059

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ADA30 contact information:

Susan Fitzmaurice

248-767-2217 or susanfitzm@gmail.com  

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