Art for All: Local Rivers

This July 13th to 24th, Cornerstone Associates and the Disability Equity Center of Corvallis invite everyone to participate in Art for All, a virtual art-making event with the theme of “local rivers.” From the Willamette River to the rugged coast, water connects Oregonians. Join us daily from 2:00–3:30pm, Monday through Friday the week of July 13th, as visual artist Andrew Myers leads participants of all abilities in a real-time, collaborative art-making journey about our local rivers as unifying natural forces bringing diverse people together. Participants can join in by calling, emailing, and chatting online about the work. For details, send an email to bburris@cornerstone.org or call (541) 740-0691. Many thanks to the Benton County Cultural Coalition and Willamette University for their important partnerships on this endeavor.

Event: Race and Disability Conversation

The Corvallis Disability Equity Center invites you to a facilitated virtual conversation on Wednesday, July 8th, 5-6pm about the intersections of race and disability. We have blocked out an hour to be together but know the conversation may last longer. Feel free to stay or go as you need.

This conversation is for everyone. It will be real-time captioned. We hope to see you there and that you will be ready to share your experiences, listen, engage, and learn from one another! Please spread the word. Here is the link to sign up for the event: https: //docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc9xVP3hRhNZNRfcGKM9vdOxxt2FnPLEZD7BxP6IZ2g6IAK2Q/viewform

The link to the event will be sent out at 5pm on July 7.

Article: “Majority Of States Failing To Meet Obligations Under IDEA”

Article preview: “Less than half of states are doing what they should to serve students with disabilities in compliance with federal special education law, the U.S. Department of Education says. The agency indicated in a report out late last month that just 21 states satisfied the ‘meets requirements’ threshold for the 2018-2019 school year in annual evaluations of their obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for students ages 3 to 21. Meanwhile, 27 states and Washington, D.C. were classified as ‘needs assistance,’ many of which have qualified for the designation for two years in a row or more. Two states — New York and Vermont — received the lower designation of ‘needs intervention.'” Read the full article by Michelle Diament at Disability Scoop.

Article: “Community creation: ‘Art for All’ invites participants to collaborate on an artistic vision”

Article preview: “Picture this: You’re online watching an artist create; seeing him sketch faint lines over a large piece of paper and fill in the shapes with washes of color. You’re inspired. You have an idea for the piece. Maybe it’s something you’ve created yourself, or maybe you just wish the artist would add it in for you. You want to be a part of this project. And so you get on the phone, or you send an email, or you scan in your drawing, or you type your thought into the provided chat window — and as you watch, the artist takes your idea and makes it a part of the work. Welcome to ‘Art for All,’ an artist-in-residency partnership sponsored by Corvallis agencies Cornerstone Associates and the Disability Equity Center. The partnership is starting by asking participants to join in a real-time, collaborative work it’s calling an ‘art-making journey’ from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday the week of July 13. The theme is ‘local rivers.’ Corvallis artist Andrew Myers will lead the project, bringing the joint artistic vision to life as people call, email or chat online about the work.” Read the full article by Andy Cripe at the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Audio Story & Article: “The Americans With Disabilities Act At 30”

Article preview: “Thirty years ago, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. It offered protections against discrimination and imposing accessibility requirements in workplaces and in public. The ADA was a landmark achievement, but the fight for equal rights is far from over.”

Article: “Nearly 30 years after the ADA, the nation’s transit agencies report successes and shortfalls”

Article preview: “In the thirty years since the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Act, a number of rail transit systems across the country have made strides to be more accessible to those with travel-limiting disabilities. Bus systems and paratransit, however, still have a ways to go.” Read the full article by Matt Alderton at the Washington Post.

Webinar: “ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where Do We Go Now?”

The Great Lakes ADA Center is hosting a free webinar, “ADA Anniversary Update: 30 Years, Where Do We Go Now?” on July 14th, 2:00-3:00pm EST. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the featured speakers, Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr, Jae Jin Pak, Emily Ladau, and Maria Town. To learn more and register for this session, visit the Great Lakes ADA Center website.

The ADA Turns 30

One month from today, the Americans with Disabilities Act will turn 30! Oregon State University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Access invites you to learn more about this important piece of legislation and to celebrate the history of disabled activism that brought it to fruition. On this site, you can also learn more about accessibility, access services for disabled students, and disabled community at OSU and in Corvallis.

Signed into law by then-President George H.W. Bush in 1990, the ADA turns 30 on July 26, 2020. As civil rights law, the ADA prohibits discrimination against and guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the U.S. The ADA represents years of activism and political campaigning by disabled Americans.

Visit this site through Summer 2020 and the 2020-2021 academic year to keep up-to-date on ADA30 news and events on campus and in the Corvallis community.