Americans with Disabilities Act: 30 Years and STILL Counting!

The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living is pleased to present a virtual conference to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to also celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the passing of the Virginians with Disabilities Act.  Throughout the day, you will hear personal testimonies as well as advocacy efforts and needs that remain despite these two monumental laws being 30 and 35 years old.  The day will end with a celebration of how far we have come in creating independence for individuals with disabilities and moreover, the work that is yet to be done.

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8:45 AM: Sign On to make sure that sound works etc. and you are ready as we will begin sharply at 9:00 AM.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AMGreetings from Leaders within the Commonwealth
– Gayl Brunk, VACIL President
– Governor of Virginia, Ralph S. Northam – invited
– Dr. Underwood, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer – Invited
– Commissioner Hayfield, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
– John Chappell, former Deputy Commissioner for Community Services at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and current President of the Disability Policy Consortium

 9:40 AM – 11:00 AMPersonal ADA Stories
– William hess: Clinch Independent Living Serivces
– Althea Pittman: Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living
– Kelly Hickock: Resources for Independent Living
– Dennis Horton: Junction Center for Independent Living
– Ralph Shelman: Insight Enterprises/Peninsula Center for Independent Living
– Nichole Davis: Endependence Center

11:00 AM – 12:25 PM: Break for lunch

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: ADA Issues and Barriers to Be Resolved
Presenter: John Wodatch: Civil Rights Attorney

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: HOT TOPICS: Your Independence in the Community
– Marilyn Golden: Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
– Transportation Network Companies
– Lex Frieden: American Educator
– Social Media
– Marcie Roth: Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, World Institute on Disability
– Emergency Implementation

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Celebration

4:00 PM: Closing
– Gayl Brunk, VACIL President