ASCLA Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/26/2015


Marianne Braverman

Marketing and Programs Manager

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies

CHICAGO — July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations are taking place across the nation. The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has been an advocate and continues its advocacy by offering a preconference workshop, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) In Your Library, at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The training staff of the Pacific ADA Center has tailored a training program, including the specialized needs libraries face with ADA questions, issues and an overview of the ADA, including whom and what it covers.

“ASCLA is the champion and advocate within ALA for people with disabilities. We continue to promote and encourage accessibility for all. We are the home for people who make accessibility in their library a top concern, as well as for those who are interested in knowing more, this is why we are excited to host our preconference on the ADA,” said ASCLA President, Kathleen Peiffer.

ASCLA’s commemorative preconference is ideal for library staff assigned as ADA coordinator for their library, or anyone else with an interest in the ADA. Co-Sponsored by Universal Access and Library Services for People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Groups. The workshop will take place on from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, June 26 2015 at the Moscone Convention Center, 2012 West. Register here.

“The American Library Association continues to be a proud supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” said ALA President Courtney Young. “The ALA’s goal is to ensure all libraries provide equal access to all, anywhere, anytime and in any format – particularly those groups who are underserved, including people with disabilities. As the ADA celebrates its 25th anniversary, we look forward to another quarter-century of providing the highest quality library and information services for all people.”

As stated by the ADA Anniversary website, the ADA and “The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.”

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