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

July 26

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

 

Nashville

 

 

 

Chattanooga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson