Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebrates 25 Years

7/10/2015
Dana Gover

 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebrates 25 Years

 Advocates Plan Hands Around the Capitol 2015
 
 Over 1,000 people will gather to circle the Idaho State Capitol on July 17, 2015 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passage of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event begins at 11:00 a.m. Mayor Dave Bieter from the City of Boise will kick off our celebration welcoming attendees to the beautiful City of Boise followed by Lawerence Denney, Secretary of State of Idaho reading a state proclamation.

Lineup to circle the Capitol begins at 11:20 a.m. You don't want to miss this opportunity to make history on July 17, Idaho is the only state in the nation to circle the Capitol linked by a yellow ribbon showing support for the 25th anniversary of the ADA and our servicemen and women. Circle the Capitol and get free ADA swag and a Guru Donut.

At the Idaho State Capitol, self-guided tours and "Accessible Voting System Demonstrations" with over 5 vendors on the 2nd floor in the rotunda from 10:00 to 4:00 you are invited to test the voting systems.

In Capitol Park activities include speeches, awards, live music at 1:30 with Jimmy Bivens and 3:30 Rebecca Scott, a children's area, photo booth, unclaimed property search and an opportunity for individuals to share their stories about the ADA to be included in a video production, ADA Photo Display, food trucks and much more.

Speeches will be made by Wendy Olsen, U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice, Steven Snow, Director of the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Richard Pimentel, International Consultant on Employment and Retention for People with Disabilities and Keynote Kelly Buckland, Director of the National Council on Independent Living.

In addition to circling the Capitol, Capitol Park will host over 40 public awareness booths providing information and educational materials on the following but not limited to:
Accessible voting options
Accessible transportation
Assistive technology
Effective Communication
Disaster planning that includes people with disabilities
Suicide Prevention
Resources on the ADA, Human Rights Act and Fair Housing Act
Employment resources and opportunities for individuals with disabilities
Home and Community Based Services
Unclaimed Property

 
 In conjunction with Hands Around the Capitol the Idaho Secretary of State's office will be hosting a demonstration of accessible voting devices from 5 national vendors in the Capitol on the 2nd floor of the Rotunda from 10am to 4pm. An accessible voting device is required for Federal elections in every polling place by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Accessible voting devices are designed to assist voters who may have difficulty seeing or marking a ballot. This demonstration is an opportunity for the public to try out and compare accessible voting solutions.



These demonstrations are for information purposes so the secretary of states office can learn more about what might be available for voters with disabilities in the future. All voting systems must be certified by the secretary of state before they can be purchased by the counties. They will also be gathering feedback from the public after they try out the accessible voting devices. Fill out a survey on the devices and enter your name to win a $50.00 gift certificate.



For more information on the event or to schedule an interview, contact Northwest ADA Center-Idaho Dana Gover at Dananwadacenteridaho@gmail.com 208-841-9422. Sign Language Interpreters will be available.

SCHEDULE

11:00 Gather at Capitol Park
11:10 Welcome to the City of Boise Mayor Bieter
State Proclamation Lawerence Denney, Secretary of State of Idaho
11:20 Form Lines to Circle the Capitol
11:45 Bag Pipers and Treasure Valley Drill Team lead the procession to Circle the Capitol
12:00 Circle the Capitol linked with a Yellow Ribbon showing support for the ADA and our servicemen and women.
Speakers
12:20 Wendy Olson, US Attorney Department of Justice
12:30 Steven Snow, Director Idaho Council for the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing
12:40 Richard Pimentel, International Consultant on Employment and Retention for People with Disabilities.
12:50 Keynote Kelly Buckland, Director National Council on Independent Living
1:10 Awards
1:30 Jimmy Bivens
3:30 Rebecca Scott
5:00 Celebration Ends
All Day: 10:00 to 4:00 Accessible Voting Device Demonstration located on the 2nd floor of the Capitol. Fill out a survey on the devices and your name will be included in a drawing for a $50.00 gift card.

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