Yesterday, the Administration for Community Living and the HHS Office for Civil Rights hosted Community Living for All: Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Advocates and leaders provided a variety of perspectives on the progress of the last 25 years and the work that remains before a packed room of disability and aging advocates.
ACL and many members of the audience tweeted during the event. Check out a few highlights below and a full recap of the discussion and reactions.
Though some tend to think of Olmstead and the ADA as disability rights victories, several speakers noted the tremendous impact these victories have had on the lives of older Americans and emphasized the need for the aging and disability communities to work together to address common barriers to inclusion, independence, and full participation.
The event kicks off more than a month of events celebrating the ADA and the historic disability rights movement that made its passage possible.