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2020 Disability Awareness Month

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This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights law opened the doors of opportunity for people with disabilities and increased our awareness of the enormous contributions that Americans with disabilities can make to our society. According to the U. S. Census, nearly 41 million Americans live with disabilities. In Cuyahoga County, fifteen percent -- 186,133 residents -- are living with at least one disability.

In honor of the ADA’s thirtieth anniversary, DSAS is partnering with the ADA Cleveland Coalition in sponsoring “30 Days of Virtual Call for Access,” with daily activities focused on weekly themes of “Celebrate,” “Lead,” “Engage,” and a “Call to Action.” This celebration will offer educational workshops, artistic performances, engagement and advocacy opportunities to celebrate and recognize the intellect, talents, abilities and potential of individuals with disabilities. Please view the list of upcoming activities below, and visit for local happenings. Check out the hashtags #ADA30 and #thankstotheada to follow the national conversations.

2020 Disability Awareness Month Activities
Download the Activities flyer here.

August 4
ADVOCACY 101 Webinar
from Noon to 1 p.m. 
Click to Register

August 6
Dance for Every Body Inclusive Dance Class Virtual Class
from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Click to Register

August 7
Vision Health w/ Tips, Techniques and Tools to
Live Better with Vision Loss Webinar
from 10 to 11 a.m. 
Click to Register

August 11 
Exploring Census Data: New Business Statistics
Webinar from 2-3 p.m. 
Click to Register

August 11
Bringing Universal Design Home Webinar

from 4 to 5 p.m.
Click to Register

August 13
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
Cleveland Chapter's Informational Round Table on Services for the Blind

Webinar from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 408 185 0851

August 17
Finding Access Through Adaptive Recreation Webinar
from 10 to 11 a.m.
Click to Register

August 18
Planning for Pedestrians with Disabilities: Sharing Successes from ADA Transition Plans Across the U.S.

Webinar from 2-3:30 p.m.
Click to Register.

August 21
Assisting Adults with Disabilities During COVID-19
DSAS Facebook Live Event

Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Click to Watch