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ADA 30th Anniversary Event

Resources on this page include: Join us in celebrating | Videos from the community | Speaker bios | Governor's Proclamation | Ways to learn more


Join us in celebrating!

Thank you for joining us on July 27th at 11am or 7pm for the original airing of WA’s 30th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration. If you missed it, fear not, for the stream can still be viewed via the TVW archives and will also be rebroadcast Tuesday July 28th at 7pm. Additional broadcast days and times can be found  using the schedule on the TVW website. Your participation made it a true reflection worthy of 30 years of progress for us all.  

We also wish to thank our event partners once more:

Event Partners
Allies in Advocacy | The Arc of Washington State | Department of Services for the Blind | Developmental Disabilities Council | Disability Inclusion Network | Division of Vocational Rehabilitation | Easter-seals Washington | Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment | Health Care Authority | Northwest ADA Center | Office of Deaf & Hard of Hearing | Office of Financial Management | People First of Washington | Washington State Independent Living Council | Washington State Rehabilitation Council

As well as our Production Director Mark Adreon of Department of Services for the Blind, and our Editor, Erin Cahill of the Office of Financial Management. Grateful acknowledgments also go to the ADA Celebration Planning Committee, the Production Committee, the Outreach and Community Engagement Committee, Mike Bay of TVW for television production, Michael Richardson of NW ADA Center for sponsorship, Jim Meck for music, all who submitted videos sharing their stories, as well as all of our wonderful contributors otherwise and you – the viewers – for sharing the event and spreading the word to make the program a success. For a full list of names, please view the credits at the end of the program.


Videos from the Community

As promised, we are pleased to share the first of the video submissions from the community. We will continue to post these videos as you keep sending us your comments on how the ADA has impacted your life. Please enjoy this video from Jim House, Disability Integration Manager with the Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC), who manages the Coalition on Inclusive Emergency Planning (CIEP). Thank you, Jim, for sharing your story. Please note, Jim is a member of the Deaf community, so this video is in American Sign Language (ASL). The transcript can also be viewed there. 

We are also pleased to share a video from Sheryl Ellis, who lives in the Seattle area, and is a Human Resources professional with over 20 years' experience specializing in the ADA. To learn more about Sheryl, and hear about her journey in learning how to successfully work while managing her own health condition, as well assisting employees and employers in achieving the best possible outcomes for both parties when utilizing their rights under the ADA to submit a reasonable accommodation in the workplace - please view her video below. 

Below are some additonal videos from the program for your (re)viewing pleasure. A transcript can be found in the right sidebar of each. 

Daman Wandke

Julian Wheeler 

Ryan Nabors

Russ Erickson

Shawn Latham

Marlise Gwinn

Amanda Polley

Ivanova Smith

Larry Gorton

Thank you again to all of the community members who submitted and shared your stories as a part of the celebration! 


Speaker bios/videos

Music by - Jim Meck (some videos can be viewed within Jim's bio!)

Speaker - John Evans

Speaker - Lonnie Spikes 

Panelist - Lynnae Ruttledge

Panelist Deb Cook – Chair of WA State Human Rights Commission


Governor's Proclamation 

Click here to view the Governor's Proclamation


Learn more

To learn more about the 30th Anniversary of the ADA and find out other ways to celebrate, you can also check out the following:

ADA Anniversary Tool Kit: ADA 30 – Celebrate. Learn. Share. (webpage from ADAanniversary.org)

Northwest ADA Center website

ADA National Network’s web page on the ADA Anniversary


VR 100 News and Updates from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - as the 100th Anniversary of the public Vocational Rehabilitation program in the U.S. is also being celebrated this month

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