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Members of the Gallaudet University community will participate in celebrations this month for the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a national declaration of equality.
Gallaudet has an historic link to the ADA. In 1988, the Deaf President Now (DPN) movement ushered in the first deaf president of the university and become synonymous with self-determination and empowerment for deaf and hard of hearing people everywhere. Many credit worldwide media attention on DPN for boosting action towards passage of the ADA; hearings began just weeks after the DPN protest. A little more than two years later, President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark ADA.
Members of campus will be involved in the Festival ADA: 25 Years of Disability Rights July 24-26. The Smithsonian, in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, is producing a range of activities to mark this historic moment and highlight the ADA’s on-going legacy in American life.
Festival ADA: 25 Years of Disability Rights will be held on the Madison Drive (Mall Side) entrance to the National Museum of American History. Members of the campus community involved with the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival ADA: 25 Years of Disability Rights at National Museum of American History include:
Three more events at the Kennedy Center will feature deaf performers:
For more information, visit:The 25/40 Celebration webpage: http://www.2540celebration.comThe National Museum of American History webpage: http://americanhistory.si.edu/topics/disability-history/pages/ada-25-years-disability-civil-rights-july-22-26
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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