Equity Office Celebrates 10 Years of ADA Tomorrow

Posted: April 18, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The University Equity Office celebrates the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with speakers, awards, and exhibits on Wednesday, April 19.

At 9 a.m. in the Mason Hall boardroom, president Alan Merten, vice president and university equity officer Earl Ingram, and Equity Office ADA/EEO specialist Darryle Craig speak in support of those who ensure ADA compliance at George Mason. Also appearing is Margaret Chase Hager, a former member of the National Council on Disability, a trustee for the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Foundation, and a tireless advocate for the disabled community. Hager, the wife of Virginia’s lieutenant governor John Hager, who lost the use of his legs to polio in 1973, speaks on “Our Personal Experience and Our American Policy.” David Fram, director of ADA and EEO services for the National Employment Law Institute and author of Resolving ADA Workplace Questions, rounds out the program, speaking on national trends in ADA compliance.

Related items are on display in the Mason Hall Atrium, including materials from the Disability Resource Center and the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, as well as a timeline for the Assistive Technology Initiative, a project that provides individuals with disabilities assistance with accessing computer technology that is available to the entire university community.

From noon to 2:30 p.m., a free-form celebration featuring music, cake, and giveaways takes place outside the Student Government offices on the first floor of the Johnson Center. Also in the Johnson Center is a display of some of the assistive technology in use at George Mason, including hardware, such as special keyboards, and software.

The University Equity Office is responsible for advising the university community about its legal responsibilities under the ADA. For more information, contact Darryle Craig at dcrai2@gmu.edu.

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