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45 Harbinger 1 (2021)

handle is hein.journals/harbg45 and id is 1 raw text is: ADA 30 SYMPOSIUM ISSUE

During September 2020, the NYU Disability Allied Law Students
Association (DALSA) held a series of events in commemoration of the 30th
anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA prohibits
discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, government
programs, and public accommodations. It was unprecedented in its reach--the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 only applied to entities that received federal funding--
and marked a revolutionary shift in surfacing the rights of people with disabilities
for society at large. Thirty years after its passage, though, its promise of equality
leaves much to be desired. Based on interest from our members, we looked in depth
at the intersections ofdisability with criminal justice, poverty, and higher education
to examine how the ADA can be used for positive change and what frontiers remain.
Below you willfind links to recordings of each of the panels and our keynote
address, as well as summaries of each of the panels and a transcript of the keynote.
Please note that the recordings are not approved for CLE credit; only the live
sessions were.
- Jamelia N. Morgan, abolition and disability scholar, Associate Professor at
University of Connecticut School of Law
- West Resendes, Skadden Fellow at the ACLU Disability Rights Program
- Stefen R. Short, Supervising Attorney, The Legal Aid Society Prisoner's Rights
- Moderator: Deborah Archer, NYU Associate Professor of Clinical Law; Co-
Faculty Director, NYU Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law
Panelists  discussed  the  ways  in   which   disabled  people  are
disproportionately harmed at different stages of the criminal legal system--in the
school-to-prison pipeline; in policing encounters in the community; and in jails,
prisons, and other institutions. At each of these stages, the panelists discussed
innovative ways to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force policy
change, including moves toward decarceration and abolition, particularly because of
the ADA's affirmative mandate to accommodate and to provide community
integration for people with disabilities.
1 Recording available at https://youtu.be/BEiVS8y3zrE. Please note: Due to a technological error,
the recording of this panel shows ASL interpreters on screen instead of panelist West Resendes. Please
learn more about West's work at https://www.aclu.org/news/by/west-resendes.


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