20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

ASED President Scott Norris welcomes the hundreds of folks who joined us on the Capital lawn to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2010 (that's member Duncan Wyeth looking on!). The ADA is the federal law that recognizes the basic civil rights of people with disabilities. Scott's comments focused on the contributions to protecting civil rights made by people with disabilities who were 'integrated' in the employment world before any civil rights legislation was on the books. Many of those people were and are state employees with disabilities. His underlying message is that those of us who benefit from the advocacy of the past have an obligation to assure those benefits continue and expand into the future.

A special thanks goes to our ASED members who helped staff our table and who stopped by to show their support for the event, like Audra Parsons, Cheryl Matson, Dave Goodman, Duncan Wyeth, Joanne Bridgford, John Sanford, Kelly Grumelot, Kim Woolridge, Len Sawisch, Lou Adams, Marlene King, Mary Pollock, Myrtle Gregg-Lafay, Pat Cannon, Scott Norris, Shana Holet, Sonya Schryer Norris, and Yasmina Bouraoui. (Sorry if we missed anyone!)

Please also note the significant support provided by Peckham, Inc through Greta Wu (also co-sponsors for our ASED October Conference). For those of you who like these sort of things, enjoy the photos!

ADA President Scott Norris
ADA President Scott Norris

Executive Director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind and State ADA Coordinator Pat Cannon
Director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind, State ADA Coordinator Pat Cannon

Executive Director of the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns Duncan Wyeth
Executive Director of the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns Duncan Wyeth

Sponsor Peckham's Greta Wu watches from the back row
Sponsor - Peckham's Greta Wu watches from the back row

Len Sawisch and Scott Norris at the ASED booth at the ADA 20th anniversary celebration
Len Sawisch and Scott Norris at the ASED booth at the ADA 20th anniversary celebration