On July 17, the Bloustein School and the New Jersey Association of People Supporting Employment (NJ APSE) hosted a Professional Development Workshop, “The ADA at 30: The Progress, The Challenges, The Implications for People with Disabilities.” More than 80 people attended from Rutgers University, state agencies, human service organizations, and a broad range of agencies serving people with disabilities across the state.
The webinar honored a significant anniversary in the nation’s history. In addition to discussing the civil rights aspect of the disability rights movement and the pre-ADA environment, Joe Zesski from the ADA Northeast Center at Cornell University explained ADA legislation and its evolution since 1990. He also discussed accessibility in public transit, issues regarding service animals, and emerging issues about COVID 19 before taking a range of questions from attendees via chat and Q & A.
“With so much that is challenging right now, it was great to be able to offer this celebratory program as a collaboration between the Bloustein School and NJ APSE,” said Karen Alexander, Senior Research Program Manager at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, who facilitated the discussion on behalf of the Bloustein School.
You can watch a recording of the event below, and download the accompanying slide deck.