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The New York Public Library Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with Programming Throughout the Month


New York, NY – In commemoration of the signing of the twentieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The New York Public Library with host a series of free programs regarding disabilities throughout July held at the Mid-Manhattan Library located at 455 Fifth Avenue. The programs currently scheduled include: All programs will have Real-time (CART) captioning, and assistive listening devices will be available. ASL interpreters will also be provided.

"ADA Access: Levelling the Playing Field," with Ted Finkelstein, Director of Project Equal Access, NYC Commission on Human Rights and Joel D. Ziev, Ed.D. Director, Partners for Access.
Wed., July 14, 2010 6:30 p.m.

Fully accessible to wheelchairs. Real-time (CART) captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided, and assistive listening devices will be available. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. Many people with disabilities regard the wide-ranging bill as their civil rights law. This program will provide an overview of the most important aspects of the law and how it has been, and is being, implemented in practical ways to meet the goal of giving people with a wide range of abilities equal access and freedom from discrimination. Ted Finkelstein will speak about the New York City Human Rights Commission and Project Equal Access, which aims to make New York City more accessible in housing and public accommodations. Dr. Joel Ziev will address current trends in disability access with a primary focus on enhancing programmatic access for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have low vision. Audience participation will be encouraged.

"Hearing Loss and the ADA," with Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy and State Development, Hearing Loss Association of America and Amy Boyle, Director of Public Education, Center for Hearing and Communication.
Wed., July 21, 2010 6:30 p.m.

Fully accessible to wheelchairs. Real-time (CART) captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided and assistive listening devices will be available. This program brings together speakers from two of the leading organizations in the country that empower those with hearing loss to participate fully in life. Ms. Hamlin will focus on current issues regarding access and Ms. Boyle will speak about the services of the Center for Hearing and Communication as well as the newest assistive technology for those with hearing loss. She will bring samples of several assistive devices to demonstrate.

Twenty Years of the ADA: A Look Back, A Look Forward, and Where We Are Now," with Paul J. Tobin, President and CEO, United Spinal Association and Lawrence Carter-Long, Disability Rights Activist.
July 28, 2010 6:30 p.m.

Fully accessible to wheelchairs. Real-time (CART) captioning will be provided and assistive listening devices will be available.
Two experts in the field of disability rights and activism will converse with each other and the audience about what the ADA has meant for people with disabilities. What has the actual impact been? Have opportunities for people with disabilities improved in the two decades since the ADA was passed? Should we be celebrating? Join us for what is certain to be a spirited community discussion.

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