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University to celebrate 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act with series of events in October

Ohio University will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a month-long series of events in October designed to raise awareness and educate the University and Athens communities about disability and accessibility. 

The celebration, organized by the Presidential Advisory Council for Disability and Accessibility Planning and the Athens City Commission on Disabilities in conjunction with several offices and colleges on campus, will provide students, faculty, staff and community members with the opportunity to learn more about the ADA and its impact. 

“PACDAP and the City Commission on Disabilities hope the ADA25 Celebration Series will increase awareness around inclusion and accessibility for persons living with disabilities,” said Dianne Bouvier, director and ADA/504 coordinator for the Office for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility and chair of PACDAP. “We challenge every member of our community to commit to attending at least one event during the month.”

The ADA25 Celebration Series offers a range of programming options to enhance participants’ understanding of disability as it relates to a wide variety of topics, including technology and classroom accessibility, research related to disabilities, how those with disabilities can participate in the arts and how individuals can help make their environments more inclusive. 

The series will kick off at Howard Park on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at noon with a commemoration of the ADA’s anniversary by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl and others. Highlights of the month’s events include: 

  • Unpacking Digital Accessibility workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Alden Library 251
  • ADA25 Celebration Panel Academic Discussion, Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in Scripps Hall 111
  • Dancing Wheels performance, Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in University Center Theatre 
  • Moving from ADA-Compliant to Accessibility-Friendly, including a tour of the new residence halls, Monday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Living Learning Center 
  • Going the Extra Mile: Accessibility Planning for the International Space University, presented by Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin, Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 11:45 a.m. in Stocker Center 103
  • Improving Website Accessibility workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in Alden Library 251

To provide an inclusive perspective of ADA, the series will feature a keynote speaker, L. Scott Lissner, on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at noon in Nelson Commons. Lissner, ADA coordinator and 504 compliance officer for The Ohio State University, will present an historical overview of disability rights within the context, “From Exclusion to Universal Design: The ADA’s Past, Present and Future.” 

All ADA25 Celebration Series events are free and open to the public. A complete list of events with descriptions can be viewed online. For more information or to request accommodations at an event, please email access@ohio.edu.