ADA 30th Anniversary

ADA 30th Anniversary

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This year marks 30 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 30th Anniversary with the Library.

Q&A with Crip Camp Filmmakers
Monday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a live Q&A with Crip Camp filmmakers, Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. This documentary film tells the story of Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” (a term no longer used) in the Catskills, exploded those confines.

Virtual Author Talk with Judith Heumann
Monday, July 27 at 5 p.m.

Learn about the disability rights activist who helped shape equal rights, inclusion and representation of people with disabilities. Heumann, who formerly served as the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State under the Obama Administration, will discuss her new book, An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, with Ricardo Thornton, who has worked at the DC Public Library for over 40 years, is a Disability Rights Advocate, Special Olympics Ambassador and survivor of Forest Haven Institution. eBook and audiobook versions of this title are also available on OverDrive

Virtual Trivia Night
Monday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Are you a walking encyclopedia? Come play #StayatHomeDCTrivia for your chance to win the crown! Join us on Twitter for a virtual trivia night covering all things ADA history. 

Learn more about the fight for equality by downloading eBooks and streaming documentaries with your library card. 

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.