July 2021 - Happy 31st Anniversary ADA

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July 2021 - Happy 31st Anniversary ADA

On July 26, 2021 the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 31!

ADA turns 31

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can make it easier for you to get your child the help she needs. ADA is a federal civil rights law. It makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities at work, in school, and in public spaces.

Learn more by downloading the ADA Fact Sheet and by borrowing resources from our Disability Resource Library

ADA Fact Sheet

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Featured Resources

Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights

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by Lennard J. Davis

In this riveting account, acclaimed disability scholar Lennard J. Davis delivers the first behind-the-scenes and on-the-ground narrative of how a band of leftist Berkeley hippies managed to make an alliance with upper-crust, conservative Republicans to bring about a truly bipartisan bill. Based on extensive interviews with all the major players involved including legislators and activists, Davis recreates the dramatic tension of a story that is anything but a dry account of bills and speeches.

Enabling Acts promises to ignite readers in a discussion of disability rights by documenting this “eyes on the prize” moment for tens of millions of American citizens.

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Child Care and the ADA

Victoria Youcha Rab

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all child care and preschool programs must be inclusive and accessible. This guide for child care administrators and classroom teachers provides sample action plans, convenient checklists, and illustrative case scenarios to simplify the complex task of program and policy restructuring. Learn effective classroom strategies on managing behavior, modifying lessons, and establishing safe learning environments in which all children are equally valued and respected.

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Radical Inclusion: What I Learned About Risk, Humility, and Kindness from My Son with Autism

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Andrea Moriarty

Do you know an adult with autism, Down syndrome or another special need? One in eight people on our planet live with some form of disability. And they all deserve to live productive, engaged lives. Radical Inclusion is an entertaining glimpse behind the scenes of interviews with Temple Grandin, Aloe Blacc, Sesame Street’s Murray Monster, and others. Moriarty also shares how she grappled to embrace risk, humility, and kindness. Information on interacting with people on the spectrum and descriptions of model programs for adults provide practical help. And popular movies illustrate the concepts in unique ways. Above all, Radical Inclusion is a call to step out of our comfort zones, care about others, extend grace, and enhance our own lives and communities.

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By: Palacio, R.J.

Auggie was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. he's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep. and if you have ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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The ABCs of the ADA Your Early Childhood Program's Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act

Karren Wood, Victoria Youcha

This is it! This is the only clear and simple resource that fully explains the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and shows early childhood programs what they need to do to promote inclusion and ensure compliance with the law.

Much more than an overview of legislation, this book includes practical checklists, guidelines, and sample policy statements that programs can use to improve the physical accessibility of play areas, create parent handbookds, operations manuals, and more.

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Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment

James I. Charlton

Nothing About Us Without Us is the first book in the literature on disability to provide a theoretical overview of disability oppression that shows its similarities to, and differences from, racism, sexism, and colonialism. Charlton's interviews contain striking stories of self-reliance and empowerment. Nothing About Us Without Us expresses the conviction of people with disabilities that they know what is best for them. Charlton's combination of personal involvement and theoretical awareness assures greater understanding of the disability rights movement.

Borrow Nothing About Us Without Us

Navigation Tips

ADA: At a Glance

  • ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • ADA makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities
  • It applies most everywhere, from schools to workplaces to public places like restaurants and businesses

ADA: Key Takeaways

  • Just because a child is covered by ADA doesn't mean she'll be eligibile for special education services under IDEA
  • ADA says people don't have to disclose their learning differences to employers, as long as they don't expect any extra help of assistance
  • ADA covers educational activities run by private groups, such as trade schools and SAT testing centers

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West Virginia Partners in Policymaking Graduates

WV Partners in Policymaking (PIP) Self-Advocacy Leadership Training

a photo of the WV PIP working in the legislature

We celebrate all the West Virginia residents who, past and present, completed the WV Partners in Policymaking (PIP) training offered by the WV Developmental Disabilities Council. PIP is a national leadership training program for people with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities who want to become effective advocates for positive change in policies and programs affecting people with developmental disabilities.

Graduates of the WV Partners in Policymaking (PIP) have become members of boards, councils, task forces, and advisory committees. They are recognized as skilled and capable leaders in disability issues in their communities, in the state and nationally.

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To learn more about this training opportunity and begin your journey toward leading positive change click the button below.

Applications for the 2021-2022 PIP are open now

Trainings are now offered virtually as well as in-person, making it even more accessible to more people in the state of West Virginia.

Empowerment. Encouragement. Be a Champion!

Learn more about WV Partners in Policymaking