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This Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. This landmark legislation was designed to ensure a more inclusive America, where every person has the right to participate in all aspects of society, including employment.
There is a 230-year history of federal disability policies in the United States. This includes military disability pensions, workers’ compensation insurance, vocational rehabilitation, social security (SSDI and SSI), Section 504, IDEA, the ADA, and others. Prior to the 1970s, all federal policies approached disability as a medical or individual issue. However, with a more visible disability rights movement in the late twentieth century, the nation came to see disability as a social and cultural issue rather than as a problem located in the body.
Many at Gallaudet University advocated for this law, and several of our alumni were present at the signing, including then-executive director of Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc. Alfred Sonnenstrahl, E-’87 (PhD); Jack R. Gannon, ’59 & H-’88; Gallaudet University President Dr. I. King Jordan, ’70 & H-’14; Sen. Tom Harkin, H-’91, Justin Dart, H-’93, and Student Body Government President Tim Rarus, ’89. The Deaf President Now movement is credited with helping to push this law forward.
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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