Americans with Disabilities Act: 30 Years of Moving Forward

When: Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT

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Language: English

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA). In honor of this landmark occasion, the U.S. Department of State is hosting an interactive webchat to discuss the importance of the law to the everyday lives of persons with disabilities, and how individuals and organizations advocating for disability rights built a successful movement that created lasting and impactful change. Panelists, including renowned human rights advocate Judy Heumann and filmmaker Jim LeBrecht, will share how their experiences at Camp Jened, the focus of the award-winning documentary Crip Camp, helped inspire their lifelong commitments to disability rights issues. The discussion will be led by university professor and Paralympian, Anjali Forber-Pratt. Ask the panelists your questions during the Facebook Live webchat on July 30 at 12:00pm EDT (Washington, DC time). To join the conversation, go to #ADA30 #AccessforAll What is the Americans with Disabilities Act? The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. Time Zone: 12:00 p.m. EDT can be converted to your time zone here:


Judy Heumann
Founder, Disabled in Action, World Institute on Disability and renowned civil rights leader

An internationally recognized leader in the disability community, Heumann is a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities. Her work with governments and NGOs has produced significant contributions since the 1970s to the development of human rights legislation and policies benefiting children and adults with disabilities. Through her work at the World Bank and the Department of State, Heumann led the mainstreaming of disability rights in international development.

Jim LeBrecht
Filmmaker, Disability Rights Activist and Co-director of Crip Camp

LeBrecht is the founder of Berkeley Sound Artists (BSA), an audio post-production house. Films that he has mixed have screened at film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride and Berlin. Jim’s work as a disabled rights advocate began in his teens as a member of Disabled in Action, a pioneering disability rights group. While at the University of California, San Diego, he helped found the Disabled Students Union. Jim is currently a board member at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, a leading organization working for the rights of persons with disabilities through education, legislation and litigation.

Moderator: Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University

At Vanderbilt University, Forber-Pratt’s research agenda adopts a social-ecological framework and looks at issues surrounding identity, equity and empowerment through methodology for individuals who are different in some way, with a large focus on disability. Anjali is also a bronze medal winning Paralympian, having represented the United States in wheelchair racing at the Beijing and London games.

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30th Anniversary of the ADA webchat SocialMedia July 30 (docx)

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