STATE OF TENNESSEE
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
CITIZENS PLAZA BUILDING
400 DEADERICK STREET
NASHVILLE, TN 37248
Telephone 615-313-4700 Fax 615-741-4165
For Immediate Release - July 16, 2001
Further Information: Trish Farmer, (615) 313-4907 Voice; (615) 313-5695 TDD
Paul Ladd (615) 313-4707
ADA ANNIVERSARY EVENTS SCHEDULED IN TENNESSEE
NASHVILLE-- Many citizens with disabilities consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to be another Declaration of Independence. For these people, the date ADA was signed into law, July 26, is also considered to be another Independence Day.
Disability organizations across the state plan to "Celebrate the 4th Again" with various events on July 26, ADA’s eleventh anniversary. All events are free and open to the public.
"When the ADA became law, our nation made a promise we will no longer underestimate the abilities of citizens with disabilities. We have progressed in both attitude and law," Human Services Commissioner Natasha Metcalf said.
"Despite recent shifts in the economy, the unemployment rate remains low and industry continues to feel the effects of a resulting labor shortage. Yet, for people with disabilities, the unemployment rate is still rather high,"said Carl Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Rehabilitation Services. "To remain competitive, businesses must focus on recruiting beyond traditional candidates."
Brown noted that most businesses recognize the advantage of including people with disabilities in their diversity and outreach efforts. However, the challenge of connecting businesses with resources that promote these efforts still exists.
In Tennessee, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) within the state Department of Human Services provides services to persons with disabilities. The Tennessee Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and DRS staff are working with agencies across the state on ADA anniversary recognition events.
Attached is a partial list of scheduled events.
ADA ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITION EVENTS
4 to 6 p.m.
1 to 4 p.m.
4 to 8 p.m.
Disability Cooperative will host a celebration reception at 480 Craighead Street, Suite 200
Contact: (615) 383-9442 to RSVP
Tri-State Resource and Advocacy Corporation (TRAC) will host a celebration at the Tennessee Aquarium. Dr. Ken Mitchell of UnumProvident, Former Mayors Dalton Roberts and Gene Roberts will participate. Admission
is free to the Tennessee Aquarium.
Contact: (423) 892-4774
The Jackson Center for Independent Living and other nonprofit agencies will host a celebration at the West Tennessee Fairgrounds. Admission is free. Programs and exhibitors regarding ADA workplace issues have been confirmed. The STAR Center "TechMobile" and new CoachUSA accessible tour bus will be available to tour. Entertainment will be provided by Alex Harvey and the Hard Time Blues Band plus a Children's Corner with the StoryTeller. Wheelchair races and other games will be conducted. A flea market is scheduled with lighting fixtures donated from Madison Lighting plus arts and crafts by persons with disabilities.
Contact: (731) 668-2211