A great article from NPR's Joseph Shapiro highlights the impact of the ADA, especially for people with sensory disabilities. Doris Ray, ECNV's Director of Advocacy comments that "I want to note that the young woman featured in this article, [Haben Girma], grew up in California. Both she and her brother learned Braille and sign language while attending integrated classes in the public schools. In California, they are very response to the letter of the law and its spirit. [Girma] received Braille and ASL instruction daily. In many [states], however, like Virginia, blind students do not get this type of regular instruction in Braille, and, in fact, they are told that they should learn to use technology rather than learn Braille. Technological advances are very important in providing enhanced access to information and communications for anyone with a sensory disability. But Braille literacy [and ASL] go hand-in-hand with technology. [Both are needed to be able to maximize independence.]"
Read the article from NPR.
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Check out photos from the 2015 NCIL March on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, July 28th for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, Yoshiko Dart has kindly shared photos from the passage of the ADA with ECNV. Check them out below. Happy ADA 25!
By Brewster Thackeray, ECNV Executive Director Last year’s ECNV Annual Awards Reception was a highlight of my first year with ECNV, and I’m glad we decided to massage the successful recipe in 2015. Seeing so many advocates and community members support independent living keeps the energy of our movement and our office going. This year’s event is going to be one to remember. We are celebrating three important disability milestones: the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 30th Anniversary of the Virginians with Disabilities Act, and the 50th Anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. To top it all off, we are honored to have Virginia State Senator Toddy Puller accept the ECNV Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of service representing the disability community.