ADA Anniversary

The City of Bellingham is proud to support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30th Anniversary. On July 26th we celebrate this important civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Join us in celebrating 30 years of progress through the following programs:  ​

​Events 

Sunday, July 26, 2020, 2:00 – 5:00pm: Celebrate the ADA

  • Presentations by Seattle’s renowned architect Karen Braitmayer
  • An original documentary, Bottom Dollars, by Rooted in Rights
  • Benefits of universal design
  • Breaking down barriers, with supported employment
  • Introduction to accessible online meetings, alt text, captions and transcripts

Visit Celebrate the ADA for program access.

Sunday, July 26, 4:00 – 5:00pm: Virtual moderated discussion of the documentary Crip Camp

You are invited to join the Portland (Maine) Disability Advisory Committee, Disability Rights Maine, and the Maine Jewish Film Festival for a live, moderated Q and A session about the remarkable documentary Crip Camp, featuring the camp’s archival footage filmmaker and a former counselors. Please email alevine@portlandmaine.gov to rsvp and  the link to participate.

We encourage you to watch the film, available on Netflix, in advance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRrIs22plz0

Synopsis: down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.  “Crip Camp is both a gripping look at the history of the disability rights movement and a timely call to action, urging us to explore our own duty to fight for the dignity of all people.”  – President Barack Obama, Executive Producer.

Monday, July 27, 2020, 11:00am – 1:00pm: 30 Years of Progress for All

  • Presentations by Governor Jay Inslee and Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib
  • Presentations by advocates and community leaders
  • Musical entertainment
  • Historical video footage
  • Interactive panel discussion

Visit 30 Years of Progress for All for program access.

Monday, July 27, 2020, 5:00 – 8:00pm: Celebrate the ADA

  • ​Presentations by Seattle’s renowned architect Karen Braitmayer
  • An original documentary, Bottom Dollars, by Rooted in Rights
  • Benefits of universal design
  • Breaking down barriers with supported employment
  • Introduction to Accessible Online Meetings, alt text, captions and transcripts

Visit Celebrate the ADA for program access.

​​Additional Resources

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Essays

Contacts

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