Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary

ADA at 30: Past, Present and Future

Join us as NC State celebrates 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

In 1985, NC State formed the Office of Disability Services for Students (now the Disability Resource Office) to provide assistance to all students with physical, psychological, learning, chronic and temporary disabilities.

In 1989, the Center for Universal Design, founded by Ronald Mace, developed a successful program of creating new, landmark designs and informational documents on accessible designs. Now, the Disability Resource Office serves students while the Equal Opportunity and Equity unit of OIED serves employees.

NC State provides equal opportunity in all of its programs, activities and services, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other applicable laws that prohibit disability discrimination. We strive for the complete inclusion of individuals with disabilities as part of our commitment to creating and maintaining an equitable and diverse community.

Recorded Events

ADA 30th Anniversary Keynote Speaker Lex Gillette: No Need for Sight When You Have a Vision
Motivational speaker Lex Gillette is the best totally blind long and triple jumper in the history of the U.S. Paralympic movement. He is the current world record holder in the long jump, a four-time Paralympic medalist, a three-time long jump world champion and an 18-time national champion. Gillette is the only totally blind athlete to ever eclipse the 22-foot barrier in the long jump.

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Navigating Legal Protections for Assistance Animals
Service and emotional support animals provide important therapeutic benefit and physical assistance to persons with disabilities. Often though, there is uncertainty about the varying degrees of legal protection afforded to them. Not all assistance animals are equally protected under law. When can someone be accompanied by their assistance animal in public places? Are assistance animals really different from pets? Can employers ban assistance animals at work? We will answer these and related questions during a workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act. We will explore the differences between emotional support animals and service animals both at home and at work. This event is presented by Disability Rights NC.

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Expanding Diversity and Inclusion to Include Equity and Access
John Samuel is the chief innovation architect at LCI Tech, a North Carolina-based firm that is one of the largest employers of Americans who are blind. Samuel’s passion for inclusion is rooted in the fact that he is a blind entrepreneur, advocate and public speaker who’s committed to creating opportunities by eliminating accessibility barriers. Samuel will share his story and talk about why it is important that we continue to remove barriers that are limiting people with disabilities.

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Disability and Identities
In this virtual workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will explore how disabilities can have very different impacts on individuals based on the intersectional identities they hold. We will also discuss ways in which we can advocate for individuals to be successful while here at NC State.

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ADA Training for Supervisors
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations so that employees with disabilities can enjoy the “benefits and privileges of employment” equal to those enjoyed by similarly situated employees without disabilities. The accommodations process at NC State is interactive and involves supervisors. Join us for a workshop in which you can learn more about the interactive process from the supervisor’s perspective.

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ADA Law Past and Present
In the three decades since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, courts have decided many landmark ADA cases that have impacted the application of the law’s legal protections for individuals with disabilities. This webinar will review U.S. Supreme Court and other key court cases and consider what issues the courts may take up next.

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Current IT Accessibility Topics

NC State University website owners have been working hard on eliminating accessibility barriers and competing for the title of Web Accessibility Champion.  The 2020 Web Accessibility Challenge champions will be announced August 7th on the Web Accessibility Challenge Champions website.

Here are some ways you can help with accessibility on campus;