News from Northwest ADA Center – Idaho
ONLINE ADA CELEBRATION!
Join us for our exciting, groundbreaking online campaign beginning July 17 through October 31. Let’s celebrate 30 years of Community Access, Independent Living, Employment and Activism through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
When the COVID pandemic spread around the world, plans for “Hands Around the Capitol 2020” were revised. The need to celebrate, engage, and educate remains, so we changed our plans to create a series of online events. We need you to be involved to bring this plan to life.
The ADA is a law that makes sure we, as Americans with disabilities, are treated the same way as others. Since we cannot meet in person, we will come together using social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube will help share our stories of how the ADA empowers us to live the lives we want. We will also look at the history of the disability movement and tell the stories of the people who made it all possible.
The ADA has expanded opportunities for 304,000 Idahoans who have disabilities by reducing barriers, changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life. However, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if we remain committed to our efforts to fully implement the ADA through education and outreach. Some activities include:
– Online events, activities, presentations and interviews to learn about the ADA. Understand the history and importance of the ADA in our lives, as well as its limitations and what we can do to go beyond.
– Increase awareness about the ADA regarding access, employment and assistive technology, independent living, voting and political impact, intersectionality and disability.
– View interviews with leaders in the ADA movement, past and present, about disability justice, emerging young leaders, voting, transportation, ideas to eliminate physical and attitudinal barriers, community access and housing.
– Join “Lunch with LeAnn” as she invites guest to share their lunch break over Zoom. This upbeat interview style will keep you engaged. The 10-minute interviews are on a variety of topics, including our sponsors, and will focus on their services and opportunities you may be interested in.
Join our T-Shirt Campaign!
While we cannot gather in person around the capitol, we can create a similar effect as we link thousands of our photos together in digital ways. Pick up your free t-shirt and share a photo of you in it with something the ADA has made possible for you. Send them to idaho30yearADA@gmail.com and post to social media with the #ThanksToTheADA. We will also create a video of the images to share during the event. Our goal is to share as many personal stories as possible.
Thanks to our sponsors: ADA County Highway District, Atomic Homes powered by Epic Realty, Amoureux AT Consulting, BlueCross, Consortium of Idahoans with Disabilities, Disability Action Center NW, Idaho Access Project, Idaho Assistive Technology Project, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Idaho Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Idaho Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, Idaho Department of Commerce, Idaho Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Idaho Home Choice, Idaho Housing & Finance Association, Idaho Human Rights Commission, Idaho State Independent Living Council, Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Life:A Center for Independent Living, Living Independence Network Corporation, Northwest ADA Center, Northwest ADA Center – Idaho, Open Arms Dance Project, Unclaimed Property.
For more information about the ADA contact:
Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
For more information about ADA Technical Assistance visit the NW ADA Center Idaho website: nwadacenter.org/idaho
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
Idaho Relay Service: 7