Loras Event to Celebrate 30 Years of the ADA

The Loras College Lynch Learning Center will host a webinar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Senator Tom Harkin (retired) of the Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement on Thursday, September 24, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (CST).
The ADA legislation became law on July 26, 1990. Senator Harkin, the ADA’s chief sponsor in the Senate, will address the ADA’s impact on education, employment, and the importance of voter registration and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

The ADA legislation changed the landscape of America by requiring buildings and transportation to be wheelchair accessible and to provide workplace accommodations for people with disabilities. Thanks to Senator Harkin’s passionate advocacy and legislative accomplishments in the field of disability rights, the United States has made considerable strides in respecting the civil rights of people with disabilities and expanding access and opportunity for those previously excluded.

Those who grew up since the passage of the ADA and other disability-rights laws – both those with and those without disabilities – reject the prejudices and stereotypes of earlier generations, and have high expectations for people with disabilities both in the workplace and in their communities. This transformation of the American landscape and culture is Senator Harkin’s greatest legacy.

“Celebrating the ADA: 30 Years of Action and Advocacy” will be held virtually. To receive the Zoom Webinar link, send an email to kathy.weber@loras.edu, Subject: ADA Event Invitation, by Mon. September 21 at Noon (CST). Invitations will be sent via email by Wed. September 23. Questions or requests for assistance with accessibility can be directed to Kathy Weber, Lynch Learning Center, Loras College, kathy.weber@loras.edu.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).