Eagle holds a leaf in and 3 arrows in talons, says V on left side and I on right side. Images of the 3 U.S. Virgin Islands on shield in the middle of the body of the eagle. ADA 30th Anniversary 1990-2020.

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.

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.

Wednesday July 1, 2020
Including Samuel (PBS)
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film honestly portrays his family’s hopes and struggles, as well as the experiences of four other individuals with disabilities and their families. Including Samuel is a highly personal, passionately photographed film that captures the cultural and systemic barriers to inclusion.

Sunday July 5, 2020
Employment Matters (PBS)
3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Employment Matters (PBS)
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday July 07, 2020

EEOC, VI SBDC and DRCVI: Training for Small Businesses
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday July 08, 2020 
I'm Making it Happen Radio Show
11:00 a.m. to Noon

Saturday July 11, 2020 
Ability Radio ADA celebration on 107.9 FM Da Vybe
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Going home (PBS)
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday July 12, 2020

Intelligent Lives (PBS)
3:00 p.m. to 4:10p.m.
From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

Learning to Drive (PBS)
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15th 2020

VI SBDC, DRCVI and EDA: Accessible Social Media Training
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register Here

Thursday July 16, 2020
Positive all the way (PBS)
8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday July 19, 2020
Hearts of Glass (PBS)
4:00 p.m. to 5p.m.

Wednesday July 22, 2020
Including Samuel (PBS)
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday July 23, 2020
Intelligent Lives (PBS)
9:00 p.m. to 10:10p.m.

Saturday July 25th 2020
Ability Radio ADA celebration on 107.9 FM Da Vybe
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Sunday July 26, 2020 
Intelligent Lives (PBS)
3:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Thursday July 30th 2020
VI SBDC, EDA, and DRCVI: Employment and Disability Training
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Register Here

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

Special Thanks To:
Heath Coriette, Toni Fitzgerald, Juniqua Hodge, Carmen Huertas, Hashim Joseph, Julienne Pickering, Gwendolyn Powell, Wilbert Stuart, and Mark Vinzant.