Mitchell Hamline celebrates the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which turned 30 on July 26, 2020. This landmark civil rights act, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, formalized equity and inclusion as a federal law. Following the path of the civil rights movement, it was the disability rights movement and disability rights advocates such as Justin Dart, Ed Roberts, and Judy Heumann–along with countless others–that made the passage of the ADA possible. A watershed moment for individuals with disabilities, their families, and the nation, the ADA improved access, opportunity, and conditions for individuals with disabilities in education, employment, state and local government services, public transportation, and telecommunications.
Mitchell Hamline is committed to a culture of equal access and inclusion; combating discrimination against individuals with disabilities including students, staff, and faculty; and providing services and resources. We recognize that while much progress has been made since the passing of the ADA, there is still much work to be done. We have extraordinary opportunities to improve the lives of those we serve.
Mitchell Hamline also realizes the effects and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the educational risks we face. For these challenges, we remain flexible and vigilant as we change the way we operate.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Disability and Student Services work closely together to ensure that students, staff, and faculty are guaranteed equal access to services and programs. Every individual with a disability is an important member of our diverse culture and deserving of equal opportunities.
For more information about the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, please visit the ADA 30 Years website.
Sharon H. Van Leer
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Shammah J. Bermudez, Ed. D.
Disability and Student Services