Monday, September 27, 2010

CELEBRATE ABILITY WEEK The 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The University of Missouri is honoring the 20th anniversary of a federal law that broadened the legal rights of people with physical disabilities.

The "Celebrate Ability" campus event commemorates the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The federal law expanded legal protections against workplace discrimination and required public buildings to offer handicap accessible services, among other changes.

Missouri's wheelchair basketball team will host a three-hour open house on Monday afternoon at the student recreation center. Missouri Supreme Court Justice Richard Teitelman, who is blind, will speak about disability rights Thursday night in Memorial Union.

Lectures and panel discussions are also scheduled throughout the week.


But how far have we really become as a nation when it comes to the ADA and accessibility and the respect of the disabled citizen and their needs?

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