ADA25 Celebration Series to Kick Off in October

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This past July, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the landmark civil rights law, addressing discrimination against people with mental and physical disabilities. Starting October 6, the Presidential Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility Planning (PACDAP) and the City Commission on Disabilities will sponsor a four week long event series in honor of the ADA’s anniversary.

A kick-off will be held on October 6 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Howard Park, across from the Schoonover Center for Communication at the corner of Union and College Streets. In the event of rain, the celebration will be relocated to the Schoonover Center. Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and Ohio University President Roderick McDavis will be in attendance. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be provided.

The following week includes the ADA 25th Celebration Panel Discussion on October 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Scripps Hall room 111, and a concert performance by the Dancing Wheels Company, on October 13 at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.

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The Dancing Wheels Company, founded in Cleveland by Mary Verdi-Fletcher, the first professional wheelchair dancer in the United States, will perform October 13 in Baker Theatre at 7 p.m.

An eventful week three begins on October 19 with a visit with Therapy Dogs in Grover W123 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Later in the week, the Genysys Group ( will host Strategic Futuring™ For Individuals Living With Disabilities from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Athens Community Center.

The final week includes a keynote by Scott Lissner entitled, “From Exclusion to Universal Design: The ADA’s Past, Present, and Future” on October 27 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Nelson Commons. An ASL interpreter will also be provided at this event.

Listen to an episode of “Conversations from Studio B”, where host Carolyn Lewis and her guests, Carey Busch and Dianne Bouvier, discuss of the upcoming events associated with the ADA25 Celebration Series.

These are just a few of the events planned in celebration of the ADA’s anniversary, and a full list can be view here:

All events are free and open to the public.

Contact to request accommodations.