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ADA Anniversary & Voting News from the Disability Vote Coalition

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Celebrating the ADA’s 32nd Anniversary and Its Impact on Voting Rights

Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation, and includes protections for equitable access to voting. On July 28th at 12 noon, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition will host a virtual celebration, “A Celebration of the ADA’s 32nd Anniversary and Its Impact on Voting Rights”.

Thursday’s celebration will feature legal experts discussing the protections in the ADA for voting rights, as well as the aftermath of the Teigen case and how to request a disability related accommodation. Our panel of self-advocates will reflect on the significance of the ADA anniversary, and the importance of providing voting rights and accommodations, as required by federal and state law. All are welcome to attend, however, registration is required.

What: A Celebration of the ADA’s 32nd Anniversary and Its Impact on Voting Rights
When: Thursday, July 28, 12 noon – 1:15 PM
Where: Register online for this Zoom event: bit.ly/drw-ada-2022
Who: Speakers include:
  • Charlotte Lanvers, Trial Attorney from the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice
  • Kit Kerschensteiner, Director of Legal and Advocacy Services, Disability Rights Wisconsin.
  • Our voter panel will share perspectives on the ADA and on voting rights: Stacy Ellingen, Oshkosh; Trudy Le Beau, Sheboygan, and Felicia Clayborne, Milwaukee.
See the event flyer for details: View the accessible event flyer here

Governor Evers has issued a proclamation recognizing the significance of the ADA 32nd anniversary.

View the proclamation here:

Resources on the ADA 32nd anniversary:

ADA Anniversary Tool Kit

ADA Anniversary | ADA National Network (adata.org)

In the News

Wisconsin voters with disabilities are in the news. Here is some recent coverage:

Channel 58 July 21, 2022
'It's OK to vote' Voters with disabilities help clarify absentee ballot confusion ahead of August primary (cbs58.com)

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin voters with disabilities file suit to ensure they can vote (jsonline.com)

WUWM July 25, 2022
Disability Rights Wisconsin says new guidance disenfranchises disabled voters | WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR

The New Yorker, July 25, 2022
Will Wisconsin’s Republicans Make Voting Meaningless, or Just Difficult? | The New Yorker

Washington Post
After Wisconsin Supreme Court absentee ballot decision, disabled people sue - The Washington Post


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