ADA 31st Anniversary

ADA 31st Anniversary

This year marks 31 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The act was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush and has helped increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities in our nation’s workplaces and communities. 

Celebrate the 31st Anniversary with the Library.


Six disabled people of color smile and pose in front of a concrete wall. Five people stand in the back, with the Black woman in the center holding up a chalkboard sign reading "disabled and here." A South Asian person in a wheelchair sits in front.Encounters of Risk: People with Disabilities and the Police
Wednesday, July 7 at 6 p.m.
You are invited to join a discussion with disability justice advocates, Lydia X. Z. Brown and Dustin Gibson to learn about the prevalence of police violence towards people with disabilities, especially those of color. Explore why and how people with disabilities can be more targeted and what people can do to help mitigate it. Additionally, Dustin will also talk about the film he co-created "We Can't Breathe: The Deaf and Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project" and Lydia will provide a better insight into the law and disability rights.

Child using ASLVirtual ASL Story Time
Tuesday, July 13 at 2 p.m.
Join us on Facebook Live for American Sign Language (ASL) Story Time with Librarians Ms. Janice and Ms. Jenny! Janice will sign in ASL and Jenny will read aloud from a fun book, then teach some signs from our story, and how to sign the song “The More We Get Together.” Even though the program is designed for ages 2-5, all are welcome. Automatic captioning will be available. 

Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say and How to be an AllyDemystifying Disability with Emily Ladau
Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Join the Center for Accessibility in conversation with writer and activist Emily Ladau, author of the new book Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally.

Access This: A DC Public Library PodcastAccess This: Crip CampDC Public Library Podcast
DC Public Library Podcast
Tuesday, July 20 (Listen Anytime)
As part of a month-long celebration of the ADA, Jenny chats with the makers of the Oscar-nominated Documentary Crip Camp, Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, along with activist and author Judy Heumann. A full transcript is available with the episode.


Books for Adults 

Download on OverDrive: eBooks and audiobooks for adults.

Books for Youth 

Download on OverDrive: eBooks and audiobooks for children. 

Movies Available on Kanopy

In its 25 years of existence, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been both hailed as a monumental law that ensures equality for people with disabilities, as well as called an enabler of frivolous lawsuits. The tension between both sides is explored through following a retired firefighter with a disability who has filed approximately 60 ADA lawsuits and a business owner with a disability who was sued under the law.
Defiant Lives. The Rise of the Disability Rights Movement. by Sarah Barton
A triumphant film that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement. It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate.
Where Is Hope - The Art of Murder. Police Brutality Against People With Disabilities by Emmitt H. Thrower.
It is estimated that over 50 percent of the victims of police brutality and police killings nationally have a disability that contributed to the incident. Disability is glazed over or not recorded in the official police reports. Nor is the fact adequately represented in the media and even in popular movement around this issue of police brutality in general. It informs us that for them, disability doesn't matter. But clearly disability does matter, and this documentary project makes that statement loud and clear.
Invitation to Dance - Disability in 21st Century America by Christian von Tippelskirch, Simi Linton
Invitation to Dance is an eye-opening insider's account of disability in 21st century America. Simi Linton's story forms the narrative backbone of the documentary. The film traces both her personal growth as a disabled woman, and the larger historically significant developments around her over the past 40 years. Simi serves as navigator and tour guide to a world largely unknown, generally isolated, and commonly dismissed.
You Can't Ask That asks blind people the awkward, inappropriate or uncomfortable questions you've always wanted to know the answers to, but never had the guts to ask.