Americans With Disabilities Act 20 Year Celebration: Calendar of Events

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

State of Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn

Department of Human Services
Michelle R.B. Saddler, Secretary

Cordially Invite You to the 20th Anniversary Celebration in Honor of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Join Us in Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law for people with disabilities. It ensures equal opportunity and access in employment, public facilities, transportation, communication and other aspects of life.


July 22, 2010
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois

(Between Lake and Randolph & Clark and LaSalle Streets)


An Interactive Celebration: Enjoy exhibits, entertainment, assistive technology, an art exhibit, hands-on art activities, workshops, employment and resource fair, wheelchair basketball tournament and other activities.

Statewide Calendar of ADA Events

  • July 15, 2010  Chicago
    "Access Chicago 2010"
    Sponsor: Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
    Location: Navy Pier - Festival Hall A, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
    Time: 12 Noon - 7:00 PM
    Contact: Tyra Carroll, 312-744-MOPD (V), 312-744-7833 (TTY)

    This is largest free exposition of products and services for people with disabilities in the Midwest. This is the City of Chicago's Celebration of the ADA anniversary.

  • July 15, 2010  Quincy
    "20th Anniversary of ADA"
    Sponsor: West Central Illinois Center for Independent Living
    Location: Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, 639 York Street, Quincy,IL
    Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Contact: Dustin Gorder, 217-223-0400, ext 227 (V), 217-223-0475 (TTY) or

    A keynote speaker, exposition booths will provide information regarding services for individuals with disabilities, entertainment, free food and an awards ceremony. Open to the public and free of charge.

  • July 20, 2010  Carbondale, Chicago, Springfield
    "ADA Update: 20 Years Later"
    Sponsor: Illinois Department of Human Services and Illinois ADA Project
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM via Teleconference
    Contact: Bureau Accessibility and Job Accommodation, 312-793-0034 (V), 312-793-3597 (TTY), 888-614-2385 (TTY)

    Featured speakers are Sharon Rennert, Senior Attorney Advisor, Americans with Disabilities Act Division, Office of Legal Counsel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and John L. Wodatch, Chief, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice

    The session discusses an update on the litigation, technical assistance and enforcement efforts over the past year, including highlights of accomplishments over the past 20 years.

  • July 21, 2010  Springfield
    "Celebrating 20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 - 2010"
    Sponsor: Springfield ADA Celebration Planning Committee
    Location: Old State Capitol Plaza, 5th and Adams, Downtown Springfield, IL
    Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Contact: Pete Roberts, Springfield Center for Independent Living 217-523-2587 (V/TTY)

    This event will feature exhibits, live radio, door prizes and entertainment including music by Robert Sampson. Free food and drink will be provided.

  •  July 22, 2010  Chicago
    "Celebrate 20 Years of ADAction"
    Sponsor: Illinois Department of Human Services, a coalition of State/local Agencies, Community Organizations and Mandated Councils
    Location: James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago
    Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Contact: Office of Accessibility and Customer Support, 312-793-0034 (V), 888-614-2385 (TTY) or

    Informational workshops on ADA issues, art exhibit, hands-on art demonstration, three-on-three wheelchair basketball exhibition, employment and resource fair, entertainment by performers with disabilities, informational exhibits, sports demonstrations. The entire event is free. Arts and Access Exhibition begins July 19-23, 2010.

  • July 23, 2010  Rock Island
    "20th Annual ADA Celebration"
    Sponsor: Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living
    Location: 3708 Eleventh Street, Rock Island, IL
    Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Contact: Liz Sherwin, 309-793-0090 (V/TTY)

    Outdoor Carnival atmosphere with games and activities for adults and children under tents on the parking lot and green space. Arts and crafts by artists and others with disabilities. Indoor presentation on the history of the ADA.

  • July 23, 2010 Decatur
    "Sail Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act"
    Sponsor: Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL)
    Location: Shilling Auditorium at Richland Community College, 1 College Park, Decatur, IL
    Time: 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Contact: Jeri Wooters, 800-358-8080 (V/TTY)

    The event will include a presentation on the Titles of the ADA, SAIL Programs and Services and a question & answer interview with SAIL consumers about their independence after receiving services. A light dinner will follow with an opportunity to participate in demonstrations of assistive technology and independent living devices.

  • July 24, 2010  Chicago
    Seventh Annual Disability Pride Parade, "Pride Revolution"
    Sponsor: Disability Pride Parade Planning Committee
    Location: Staging area at 401 S. Plymouth Court (Plymouth Court and Van Buren Street, at the rear of the main public library). The parade will move west on Van Buren Street to Dearborn Street and north on Dearborn Street to Washington Street and into Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St) for the Post-parade program and celebration.
    Time: 11:00 AM Step-off, Post-parade program and celebration at Daley Plaza begins at 12:30 PM
    Contact: or 866-0260-5812 (V), 312-640-2102 (TTY)

    Parade objectives are to organize a fully inclusive, annual event that will celebrate and strengthen pride, power, and unity of people with disabilities, our families, and allies and to generate national visibility for the disability community. Register online at:

  • July 25-28, 2010  Urbana-Champaign
    "Twelfth Annual Illinois Youth with Disabilities Leadership Summit"
    Sponsor: Statewide Independent Living Council
    Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus, Urbana-Champaign, IL
    Contact: Tara Dunning, 217-744-7777 (V/TTY)

    An innovative and exciting four-day leadership program for people ages 17-24 who have any type of disability.

  • July 26, 2010 Glen Ellyn
    "Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ADA"
    Sponsor: DuPage Center for Independent Living
    Location: 739 Roosevelt Road, Building 8, Suite 109, Glen Ellyn, IL
    Time: 1 PM - 3PM
    Contact: Yvonne Kewley, 630-469-2300 (V/TTY)

    Visitors have an opportunity to meet staff and tour the Center to learn about the services provided at DCIL. Refreshments will be provided and a fifty/fifty drawing.

  • July 28, 2010  Forest Park
    "Celebrate Anniversaries of ADA and Progress Center"
    Sponsor: Progress Center for Independent Living
    Location: Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL
    Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Contact: John Jansa; 708-209-1500 (V), 708-209-1826 (TTY)

    Celebrate the passage of the ADA and Progress Center's 22nd Anniversary! Meet staff and learn about PCIL services, tour the offices and learn about the history of the disability rights movement. Free food and refreshments will be provided.

  • July 28, 2010  Davenport, IA
    "ADA's 20th Birthday"
    Sponsor: Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living
    Location: Modern Woodman Park - Davenport, IA
    Time: 5:30PM
    Contact: Liz Sherwin, 309-793-0090 (V/TTY)

    There will be ADA baseball game with active participation by local athletes with disabilities. Tickets: $5.00 per person. The "Sparkles" (Bettendorf cheerleaders with disabilities) will be honored. The national anthem will be sung by an entertainer who is blind. IICIL will have an informational booth, Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation will distribute ABC's sign language and Braille cards. Modern Woodman will do ADA Trivia questions.

  • July 29, 2010  Bourbonnais
    "Celebration of 20th Anniversary of the Signing of the ADA"
    Sponsor: Options Center for Independent Living
    Location: 700 Main St NW, Bourbonnais, IL
    Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Contact: Dorci Schoolman - Operations Manager, 815-936-0100 (V), 815-936-0132 (TTY)

    County Clerk will have an accessible voting booth available for practicing and a registrar available to register people to vote.

  • July 30, 2010  Jacksonville
    "ADA 20th Anniversary"
    Sponsor: Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living
    Location: 15 Permac Road, Jacksonville, IL

    Contact: Becky McGinnis, 217-245-8371(V/TTY)

    ADA Olympia - free events will include games and activities of special interest for kids ages 5-12 designed to highlight various aspects of the ADA. Activities are geared to acquaint participants with the ADA and to help everyone understand its importance. Refreshments will be served. Time: 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

  • August 7, 2010  Urbana
    "ADA Celebration"
    Sponsor: Persons Assuming Control of their Environment (PACE)
    Location: Holiday Inn Conference Center on Killarney, Urbana, IL
    Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Auction at 11:00 AM, Banquet at Noon)
    Contact: Shelly Couch or Nancy McClellan-Hickey, 217-344-5433 (V/TTY)

    PACE will host a banquet and silent auction.

Hosted by Illinois Department of Human Services

With Support Provided by

  • Illinois Public Health Association
  • Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association
  • Planning Committee Members
  • Chicago Public Library Talking Book Center
  • Chicago Park District
  • City of Chicago Mayor's Office
  • for People with Disabilities
  • Equip for Equality
  • Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission
  • Illinois Department on Aging
  • Illinois Department of Central Management Services
  • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Department of Financial and Profession Regulation
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs
  • Office of the Illinois Attorney General
  • State Retirement Systems