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The 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act – July 26, 1990

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg is proud to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ADA.  We invite you to check back often as we celebrate, educate, share, and encourage you to get to know more about The Arc Family, our abilities, our dreams, goals, and challenges.

~Click here to read an introduction to our celebration written by our Executive Director, Pam McGregor.

~Watch the historic signing of the ADA by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990 in this moving video.

~Did you know that 61 million or 26% of adults in the US are living with a disability? #ADA30  Click here for an eye-opening infographic from the Centers for Disease Control.

~Learn Inclusion and Therapeutic Recreation at James City Parks and Recreation here:  JCC Parks & Rec

~Teach kids about disabilities by checking out this link:  10 Things Parents Should Teach Their Kids About Disabilities, or by reading some of the books on this list:   25 Amazing Inclusion Books for Kids

~Want to know more about the experiences of people with disabilities? Consider watching any of the following films recommended by Rebecca Kinkaid, Arc Board Member

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020 Documentary Netflix) A summer camp in the Catskills unites a group of teens with disabilities who help build a movement for greater equality. Netflix has made the full film available on Youtube as well.

The Peanut Butter Falcon: (2019 Netflix) Recent film about a young man with Down syndrome on a quest to become a pro wrestler. He meets up with a lost soul who assists him with his dream.

Temple Grandin (2010 HBO): The story of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who becomes one of the top scientists regarding humane livestock handling.

The Miracle Worker (1962 Turner Classic Movies TCM): Drama based on the life of Helen Keller and her relationship with her teacher Anne Sullivan.

Aspergers Are Us (2016 Documentary Netflix): Three teens and their young summer camp counselor forge a friendship which leads to a stand up comedy troupe that they take on the road.

Did you know: Less than 3 percent of characters in the 100 highest-earning movies of 2016 had disabilities.

Read more about disability representation on screen and watch Octavia Spencer's call for disabled roles to be portrayed by actors with disabilities here:  Octavia Spencer Calls for Authentic Onscreen Representation of People with Disabilities

Watch this video about the importance of the Census for people with disabilities here:  How the Census Can Give People with Disabilities a Fair Chance