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ADA Americans with Disabilities Act 25 1990-2015

ADA Anniversary Celebration

   How did you celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the American

   with Disabilities Act (ADA)?  Were you one of the many people

   that came to ECI to observe and honor the law signed by

   President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 that was the

   culmination of decades of advocacy and legal efforts to end

   discrimination against people with disabilities? 


   Our celebration focused on praising the strong advocacy efforts

   our staff and participants have made throughout the twenty-five

   years of the ADA and to highlight the individual efforts of citizens in

   our community to protect the rights granted under the ADA. 


   Posters  were hung along the halls of ECI that proclaimed

   significant local events regarding the ADA and the changes it has

   brought to people in our community. 

People with disabilities looking at the posters for the scavenger hunt.

   A scavenger hunt had everyone searching for particular facts or

   pictures featured on the posters.  Completed answer sheets were

   exchanged for snazzy T shirts with the bright “Disability Rights

   Are Civil Rights” logo printed on the back of the shirts.

T-Shirt - 25th Anniversary "Disability Rights are Civil Rights"

   The scavenger hunt was followed by a picnic lunch on the front

   lawn with speakers sharing their personal experiences in their

   fight for independence by exercising their rights under the ADA

   to better their lives.  At the July 26, 1990 signing, Bush said,

   “... With today’s signing of the landmark Americans with

   Disabilities Act, every man, woman and child with a disability can

   now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of

   equality, independence and freedom.” 

People attending the ADA 25th Anniversary Luncheon

   The purpose of the ADA is to ensure equal opportunity for

   individuals with disabilities for access to businesses,

   employment, transportation, state and local government programs

   and services, and telecommunications.  Much has been

   accomplished in twenty-five years to meet the promise of the

   ADA but we all need to remain determined to continue our vital

   role in pursuing disability justice and end the discrimination that

   still remains. Our celebration is also a recognition of that


"Opening Doors To Opportunities With The Disability Community"

What is Independent Living?

   What is Independent Living?  Essentially, it is living just like
   everyone else having opportunities to make decisions that
   affect one’s life, able to pursue activities of one’s own
   choosing—limited only in the same ways that one’s non-
   disabled neighbors are limited. 
   Independent Living should not be defined in terms of living on
   one’s own, being employed in a job fitting one’s capabilities
   and interests, or having an active social life.  These are
   aspects of living independently.  Independent Living has to do
   with self-determination.  It is having the right and the
   opportunity to pursue a course of action.  And, it is having the
   freedom to fail—and to learn from one’s failures, just as non-
   disabled people do.
    To access information on upcoming events, click here.
    To sign up or request accommodations, contact Rena Lewis at
     351-1578 Voice, 461-7527 TDD or email at
     A recording of upcoming events and those canceled can be
     accessed by calling 461-8007 and selecting Option 4 and continuing
     to listen for further options.

Items Of Interest

2015 Annual Meeting
and Holiday Party
For more information
about becoming a
Sponsor, Advertiser
or Exhibitor,

2014 Annual Meeting
held 11/21/14

Find out how
you can help the Endependence Center
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Justice Department
The Justice Department
announced a settlement
was reached in a
lawsuit over alleged
ADA violations
against students with
disabilities by Nobel
Learning Communities,
Inc. private schools.
To review the settlement,

ECI Media Center
The room can be
scheduled by
calling 461-8007.
For more information,

Virginia Easy Access
"No Wrong Door"
initiative launches
Easy Access".
For more information,

Money Follows
the Person (MFP)
Virginia launches website
describing community
living choice project for
seniors and individuals
with disabilities.
For more information,
click here

FREE Online
Course on the
American with
Disabilities Act
For more information,

FREE Online
Course on
Disability Rights
For more information,



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