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Signed into law by President George H.W Bush on July 26, 1990, the ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations. This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.

A letter from Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (PDF)


ADA 25 Events Calendar

Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Documents below are in Rich Text Format (RTF) unless otherwise noted in parentheses.





  • June 11, 2015 Neighborhood Services Division's upcoming Community Partnership Series "Working Together To Meet The Needs of Our Disabled Community: City Resources for Individuals with Disabilities".

    Location: Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • June 18, 2015 Neighborhood Services Division's upcoming Community Partnership Series "Working Together To Meet The Needs of Our Disabled Community: City Resources for Individuals with Disabilities".

    Location: E.M. Hart Senior Center
    Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • June 25, 2015 Neighborhood Services Division's upcoming Community Partnership Series "Working Together To Meet The Needs of Our Disabled Community: City Resources for Individuals with Disabilities".

    Location: 600 I Street (SHRA former Commission Hearing Room)
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • July 1, 2015 San Francisco ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration!

    Location: San Francisco City Hall North Light Court
    Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • July 8, 2015 Join Pacific ADA Center for a festive celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA! This will be a big party with food, live music, speeches and dancing. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

    Location: Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA (cross-streets 14th & Broadway in front of Oakland City Hall)
    Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • July 16, 2015 Americans with Disabilities Act 25 Year Anniversary

    Location: Fresno City College Cafeteria - 1101 E University Ave, Fresno, CA 93741, (559) 442-4600
    Time: 2:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

  • July 24, 2015 Celebrating 25 years of Americans with Disabilities Act Justice Joseph A. Rattigan Building. For more information, please visit/contact: David Wayte – (707) 576-2254,

    Location: 50 D Street, Atrium Lobby, Santa Rosa, California 95404
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • July 24, 2015 An ADA 25th Anniversary picnic is planned in Eureka.

    Location: Sequoia Park, 3414 W. St.
    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • July 25, 2015 Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act event is hosted by Embrace Grace. Please purchase your tickets here: Event ticket includes a hot lunch and special program, registration is required.

    Location: Garden Grove Elks Lodge: 11551 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92843
    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • July 26, 2015 - December 15, 2015 Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Presents: "Patient No More": An Interactive,Multimedia Exhibit which explores the nearly month-long occupation of San Francisco's Health, Education and Welfare Building in April 1977 by a diverse group of people with disabilities demanding and ultimately getting civil rights.

    Location: Ed Roberts Campus: 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703

  • July 29, 2015 Our Community: An Aging & Disability Conference

    Location: Holiday Inn, Grass Valley: 121 Bank Steet, Grass Valley, CA 95945
    Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • July 29, 2015 Lives Worth Living: A Fight for Disability Rights

    Location: State Capitol, Room 4202 (Take the elevator in the annex)
    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


  • August 6-8, 2015

    Day One (For Professionals):
    A free Conference, on August 6 at Cal Baptist University in Riverside, featuring Richard Pimentel as a Keynote Speaker, Ari Ne'eman from the National Council on Disability as a plenary speaker and Richard Devylder currently from the Governor's Office on Emergency Services as a plenary speaker. I invite you to check out a preview of the movie Music Within (2007) based on the life of Richard Pimentel, our Keynote speaker.

    Conference focus session description (PDF)

    Conference attendee registration

    Day Two (Community Awareness Event):
    A fun Night Out, at the Riverside Convention's Center Mall on August 7th, featuring music, art created by individuals with disabilities and fun games.

    (Flyer Coming Soon)

    Day Three (For People with Disabilities, Seniors and their Families):
    IE Disabilities EXPO, at the Riverside Convention Center on August 8th, an event with over 150 exhibitors attended by over 2,000 community members. You can register your organization for exhibitor space at no cost if you are a non-profit or government entity serving people with disabilities and are a member of the IEDC. Sponsorship opportunities are available and for-profit groups can exhibit for $300.

    EXPO flyer (PDF)


  • September 25 & 26, 2015 CALIFORNIA #ADA25 CONFERENCE - Access, Availability, Advocacy and Civil Rights! For more information please visit: Conference Contact info: (877) 427-0387 / (800) 900-0706 TDD /

    Location: UC Hastings, San Francisco, CA

  • September 26, 2015 Disability Unity Festival: Strengthening our Communities - Celebrating 25 years of the AD. Also featuring: California #ADA25 Conference (Conference Contact info: (877) 427-0387 / (800) 900-0706 TDD | Festival Contact Info: (408) 673-7590 |

    Location: UN & Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


  • October 2015 ReelAbilities: Bay Area Disabilities Film Festival (coming soon)

  • October 13, 2015 OSG’s ADA Celebration recognizing outstanding contributions of consumers, partners & Stakeholders. Paula Margeson, DMC Director will provide an overview of the history of the ADA, it’s significance & impact on individuals with Disabilities. Award and Certificates of Recognition to be provided for Outstanding contributions of stakeholders, partners and consumers.

    Location: Union High School District, 9401 S. Painter Ave, Whittier, CA 90605
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • October 22, 2015 Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet ADA25 Job and Resource Fair, Time TBD





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