ADA 30 VI

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The Virgin Islands Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Virgin Islands ADA Anniversary Committee is celebrating 30 years since the passage of the landmark civil rights legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), in a series of virtual events open to the public for the month of July 2020. We invite you to celebrate alongside us, whether it be watching our commemorative event on July 26th on local TV stations, telling us on social media what the ADA means to you, participating in our virtual Zoom trainings, tuning in to local talk radio shows discussing the ADA, or watching/listening to videos of members of the disability community in the VI share their stories. We are working towards a more inclusive VI and look forward to working together to make our community better over the next 30 years.

Download our special anniversary booklet.

Virtual Events List

WTJX (Channel 12), the public broadcasting station for the U.S. Virgin Islands, has curated special disability-focused programming for the month of July. Ability Radio on 107.9 FM Da Vybe will have special guests on during the month of July to talk about the importance of the ADA. Nykole Tyson's "I'm Making It Happen" radio show and former Senator Neville James' "Analyze This" radio show will also feature special guests in July in celebration of the ADA. The VI SBDC and USVI EDA are co-hosting 3 webinars on their Zoom platform throughout July focused on the ADA in social media, employment, and small businesses. Follow or like us on Facebook for special videos highlighting persons with disabilities in the VI.

Radio Shows 

Wednesday July 8, 2020
I'm Making It Happen Radio Show
11:00 a.m. to Noon
Modality: Local Radio Station (103.5 FM) and Facebook Live
Description: DRCVI will be the guest speakers to discuss the importance of the ADA and its impacts on the territory for the last 30 years.

Thursday July 9, 2020
Analyze This, NPR Radio Talk Show
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Modality: Local Radio Show (93.1 FM)
Description: Show will discuss the 30th Anniversary of the ADA.

Saturday July 11, 2020
Ability Radio ADA celebration
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Modality: Local Radio Show (Da Vybe 107.9 FM and DRCVI’s website )
Description: DRCVI will highlight the history of the disability rights movement in the VI and the VI ADA Coordinator for the Governor will highlight initiatives that are in the works to make VI more accessible.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Addie Ottley Show
8:30 - 8:45 am
Modality: Local Radio Station (WSTA 1340)
Description: DRCVI will be the guest speaker along with the Economic Developmental Authority to discuss upcoming ADA Trainings in July

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Addie Ottley Show
9:00 - 9:15 am
Modality: Local Radio Station (WSTA 1340)
Description: DRCVI will be the guest speaker discussing the importance of the ADA 30th Anniversary and upcoming events and resources for the territory for individuals with disabilities.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Doug Canton Show
9:00 - 10:00 am
Modality: Local Radio Station (WSTX 970 AM)
Description: DRCVI will be the guest speaker to talk about the ADA 30th Anniversary and milestones.

Saturday July 25, 2020
Ability Radio ADA celebration
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Modality: Local Radio Show (Da Vybe 107.9 FM and DRCVI's website)
Description: Local celebrity, Neville Peter, who became blind at twelve, is a renown gospel musician/singer will be our featured guest. He’s shared the stage with such stars as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Gladys Knight and Bebe Winans, to name a few.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Addie Ottley Show
8:30 - 8:45 am
Modality: Local Radio Station (WSTA 1340)
Description: DRCVI will be the guest speaker along with the Economic Developmental Authority and Small Business Development Center at the University of the  Virgin Islands to discuss upcoming ADA Trainings in July.

TV Programming

Wednesday July 1, 2020
Including Samuel (PBS)
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Modality: Local TV (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel, his son who has cerebral palsy in every facet of their lives.

Sunday July 5, 2020
Employment Matters (PBS)
3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Employment Matters is a documentary that explores the untapped market and huge potential of the intellectually disabled in the workplace.

Sunday July 5, 2020
Employment Matters (PBS)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Employment Matters Too is a documentary that discovers how large corporations benefit from hiring employees with intellectual disabilities.

Saturday July 11, 2020
Going Home (PBS)
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description:Today, most people with intellectual disabilities are living in the community. But, does living in the community mean you're truly a part of it? This program examines the journey towards inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.

Sunday July 12, 2020
  Intelligent Lives (PBS)
3:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Intelligent Lives highlights three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities, who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce.

Sunday July 12, 2020
Learning to Drive (PBS)
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Learning to Drive is a short film inspired by the true story of a feisty young man with Down syndrome determined to convince his scatterbrained brother to teach him how to drive.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
PBS Show – Parents of Children with Disabilities
1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description:A discussion with parents of children with disabilities, the struggles, the joys and the advocacy needed to ensure an inclusive quality of life.

Thursday July 16, 2020 
Positive All the Way (PBS)
8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Positive All The Way explores how Sir Philip Craven, the former president of the International Paralympic Committee guided the world’s largest adaptive sports organization to become a global leader for social change.

Sunday July 19, 2020
Hearts of Glass (PBS)
4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description:A portrait of one community's attempt to address pressing issues around local food production, inclusion and opportunity. This documentary tells the story of how this innovative farm in Wyoming provides meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities.

Wednesday July 22, 2020 
Including Samuel (PBS)
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel, his son who has cerebral palsy in every facet of their lives.

Thursday July 23, 2020
Intelligent Lives (PBS)
9:00 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.
Modality:Local TV Programming (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Intelligent Lives highlights three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities, who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce.

Sunday July 26, 2020
VI ADA Celebration
Airing (30 mins) Time: 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
Modality:Local TV Programming (Gov't Access Channel 27 VIYA CABLE) and facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI
Description: This program will feature various speakers talking about disability related issues past and future in the Territory. It will include the reading of the ADA Proclamation by people with disabilities and a few remarks from local politicians.

Sunday July 26, 2020
Intelligent Lives (PBS)
3:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.
Modality: Local TV Programming on various stations (Antenna channel 12.1, VIYA channels 12 and 90, Dish Network channel 12)
Description: Intelligent Lives highlights three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities, who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce.

Monday July 27, 2020
VI ADA Celebration
Airing (30 mins) Time and Channel: TBD
Modality:Local TV Programming on various stations (TBD)
Description: This program will feature various speakers talking about disability related issues past and future in the Territory. It will include the reading of the ADA Proclamation by people with disabilities and a few remarks from local politicians.

Tuesday July 28, 2020
VI ADA Celebration
Airing (30 mins) Time and Channel: TBD
Modality:Local TV Programming on various stations (TBD)
Description: This program will feature various speakers talking about disability related issues past and future in the Territory. It will include the reading of the ADA Proclamation by people with disabilities and a few remarks from local politicians.

Wednesday July 29, 2020
VI ADA Celebration
Airing (30 mins) Time and Channel: TBD
Modality:Local TV Programming on various stations (TBD)  
Description: This program will feature various speakers talking about disability related issues past and future in the Territory. It will include the reading of the ADA Proclamation by people with disabilities and a few remarks from local politicians.

Thursday July 30, 2020
VI ADA Celebration
Airing (30 mins) Time and Channel: TBD
Modality:Local TV Programming on various stations (TBD)
Description: This program will feature various speakers talking about disability related issues past and future in the Territory. It will include the reading of the ADA Proclamation by people with disabilities and a few remarks from local politicians.

Friday July 31, 2020
VI ADA Celebration
Airing (30 mins) Time and Channel: TBD
Modality:Local TV Programming on various stations (TBD)
Description: This program will feature various speakers talking about disability related issues past and future in the Territory. It will include the reading of the ADA Proclamation by people with disabilities and a few remarks from local politicians.

Saturday August 1, 2020
VI ADA Celebration
Airing (30 mins) Time and Channel: TBD
Modality:Local TV Programming on various stations (TBD)  
Description: This program will feature various speakers talking about disability related issues past and future in the Territory. It will include the reading of the ADA Proclamation by people with disabilities and a few remarks from local politicians.

Trainings

Tuesday July 7, 2020
EEOC, SBDC and DRCVI: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 101 – What Every Small Business Needs to Know
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Modality:Zoom https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctduCsqzopG9CZBcOAql1y03jXWS185A1Y
Description:This training will focus on resources that EEOC’s small business liaison and their office can provide to the territory’s small businesses and an overview of their enforcement obligations. Disability trends and resources will be highlighted.

Wednesday, July 15th 2020
SBDC, EDA, and DRCVI: Accessible Social Media Training
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Modality: Zoom and Facebook Live https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlc--gqTIpH9MG4iAu_LpzapwGMw2ey87F
Description: This training will focus on various social media platforms and how to make them accessible to people with disabilities

Thursday July 30th 2020 
SBDC, EDA, and DRCVI: Employment and Disability Policy Training
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Modality: Zoom Training and Facebook live streaming https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ld-mvpzgqHdcZZMV4T20z9GwJHFdT0_k5
Description: This training will focus on disability policies ranging from flexible leave to reasonable accommodations to return to work and much more.

About the Americans With Disabilities Act The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

About the Virgin Islands ADA 30th Anniversary Committee
The Committee is comprised of the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands, ADA Coordinator for the Office of the Governor of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Association for Independent Living, the Virgin Islands Developmental Disability Council, and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

VIDDC, ADA Coordinator of VI, VIAIL, DRCVI and VIUCEDD logos

Our Partners
We are proud to announce the wonderful partners working with us to make this celebration the best one yet.

U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority
Virgin Islands Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association
Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center
WTJX

Special Thanks To:
Sonny Barnes, Patrick Benjamin, Ingrid Carmona, Shammi Carr, Heath Corriette, Toni Fitzgerald, Jannai Forbes, DeBorah Gray, Juniqua Hodge, Carmen Huertas, Hashim Joseph, Julienne Pickering, Rep. Stacey Plaskett, Gwendolyn Powell, Wilbert Stuart, Edidiong Utibe, and Mark Vinzant.