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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.
On the anniversary of the ADA, the Gallaudet community applauded the announcement that the U.S. would sign on to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities--and looked toward next steps.
The newly-formed Gallaudet University debate team will hold its first-ever ASL-English intercollegiate debate tonight against George Washington University. The two teams will debate the proposition “Statehood for Washington, D.C. should be granted.”
We are now one step closer to choosing the official name for the site that honors Louise B. Miller, her son, and the teachers and students of the Kendall School, Division II. The Board of Trustees have approved the final three choices and we are now turning back to YOU for your final vote!
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