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ADA's 24th anniversary celebration is July 25 at Andersen Building

Twenty-four years ago, people with disabilities officially gained the same rights and freedoms as other U.S. citizens when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law July 26, 1990. Minnesota will commemorate this landmark legislation with a statewide ADA 24th Anniversary Celebration Friday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101, in Room 2370/2380. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will feature local speakers and entertainers, including:

  • • Darlene Zangara, the new director of Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan Implementation Office
  • • Rose Hollermann, 2012 Paralympic Games participant and other international competitions in wheelchair basketball
  • • Leslye Orr, St. Paul writer and storyteller
  • • Tony Wentersdorf and Mary Parker, Twin Cities-area musicians.
  • Accommodations at the event include ASL services, CART services and audio description.

    More information about the event and requests for other disability-related accommodations should be made by contacting Cindy Tarshish at or call 651-603-2015, Twin Cities metropolitan area; 888-630-9793, toll free.

    Event co-sponsors, besides DHS and its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, include the University of Minnesota Disability Services, ADA Minnesota, VSA Minnesota, Access Press, State Services for the Blind, Minnesota State Council on Disability, Disability Viewpoints and the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living,

    No registration is required to attend the event.

    Statewide information sessions on background studies law begin July 16

    DHS will host a series of information sessions throughout Minnesota that will provide detailed information on the background studies law passed in 2014 (PDF). The new law requires the department to collect fingerprints and a photograph of the background study subject. The law also requires implementation of new software that supports multiple changes designed to improve the accuracy and completeness of background studies. The information sessions will take place in eight locations; no registration is required. Stakeholders who are affiliated with DHS licensed programs are encouraged to attend a session to learn more about the new background studies requirements.

    Deaf and hard of hearing events

    The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division sponsors a variety of training sessions and other activities for people who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or a caregiver. More information about the training is online.

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