​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of the ADA​


The Oregon Disabilities CommissionNorthwest ADA Center and Disability Rights Oregon will host a Lunch and Learn webinar series in July 2022 to recognize and celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

Topics by date

July 5: Intersections and Conflicts - The ADA and Impacts of COVID-19 Protocols

    • Emily Cooper, Disability Rights Oregon Legal Director
    • Joannie Tang, Advocate
    • Tina Pinedo, Disability Rights Oregon Communications Director​

July 12: Caregiver Workforce Shortages - Consumers Scramble for In-Home Service

    • Acacia McGuire Anderson, Oregon Developmental Disability Services Statewide Employment First Coordinator Special Projects Unit Manager
    • Cheryl Miller, Oregon Home Care Commission Executive Director
    • Bhagavati, Aging and People with Disabilities Workforce Resilience Analyst
    • Theresa Powell, Aging and People with Disabilities Community Services and Supports Unit Operations and Policy Analyst
    • David Scott Vining, Oregon Home Care Commission Program Analyst​

July 19: Dangerous Assumptions - Understanding Audism and Changing Perspectives About Communication 

    • Chris Mortenson, Partnerships in Community Living Employment Specialist
    • Joanna Wilson, Advocate
    • Korian “Koko" DeMont Thomas, Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Response and Recovery Equity and Accessibility Unit Operations and Policy Analyst


July 26: Evolution of the ADA - Past, Present​ and Future​

    • ​Dr. James "Jim" Davis, Advocate
    • Max Brown, Aging and People with Disabilities Long-Term Care Services and Supports Section Operations and Policy Analyst
    • Ray Petty, National Advocate​

2021 ADA Celebration materials

History of the ADA and Section 504

  • Speaker
    • Judy Heumann, disability rights activist and author

Behavioral Health​

  • Speakers 
    • Russell Lehmann, award-winning and internationally recognized motivational speaker, and poet;
    • Jim Davis, Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) chair as well as a psychologist, gerontologist, educator, and advocate ​​​

Intersectionality, Social Construction of Disabilities and​ Disability Justice

  • Speakers 
    • Erin Taylor of the OHSU Oregon Office on Disability and Health and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities 
    • Sabine Rear, the Oregon representative of the Northwest ADA Center who is also an artist, speaker and educator 
    • Missy Elliott, service equity manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Disabilities Services
    • Nicole Burdsall, of the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Aging and People with Disabilities