ADA30 Lead On

First Annual Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education & Pride.

ADA30 Lead On was established for the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Our goal is to continue to bring recognition to the history, impact, and purpose of the ADA through celebrations of diverse disabled artists, innovators, and advocates and their allies.
At this time in our nation’s collective conscience, we are asked to confront the harsh realities that are residual echoes of the American ”dream.” As in every social justice movement in this nation, the Disability Rights Movement was born out of the unfulfilled parts of America's potential and its unrealized and inaccessible dream. Whether it be for suffragists, Freedom Riders, Stonewall rioters, Feminists, each arose as response and appeal to the nation - “Do better. BE better.” However, even in those movements, the roles of ableism and racism were and are quite prevalent. That simple truth is what makes this ADA 30 celebration even more significant.
Logo description: Two gold comedy and tragedy masks with red and blue accessible (lip-readable) PPT face masks show the smile of comedy and the frown of tragedy, next to a paintbrush that is creating musical staff, and silhouette of Alice Sheppard, a dancer using a wheelchair. The words “ADA Lead On” appear prominently at the top. At the bottom, the text continues, “Honoring National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).”

Logo description: Two gold comedy and tragedy masks with red and blue accessible (lip-readable) PPT face masks show the smile of comedy and the frown of tragedy, next to a paintbrush that is creating musical staff, and silhouette of Alice Sheppard, a dancer using a wheelchair. The words “ADA Lead On” appear prominently at the top. At the bottom, the text continues, “Honoring National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).”

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NDEAM - National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7 pm ET and 7 pm PT

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ADA30 Lead On: Celebration of Disability Art, Culture, Education & Pride

July 23rd, 2020, 7-9:30p ET

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Photo by Tom Olin, The Olin Collection group of disabled activists using wheelchairs are watching another activists take a sledge hammer to the curb at the Hollywood Walk of Fame to create a curb cut.

Lead Sponsor

In addition to AT&T as Lead Sponsor for both ADA30 Lead On and NDEAM, its Disability Employee Resource Group Ability is also engaged with an important message about mental health and suicide prevention in the workplace.

Gold Sponsor

Colorful letters spell out Google.,
Other sponsors include

Comcast NBCUniversal, Kessler Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, TransCen/Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, EIN SOF Communications, Exceptional Minds, Lights! Camera! Access!, Mulberry Tree Group, 3 Play Media, and Woman of Her Word.

Lead On: The Life and Legacy of Justin Dart

"I call for solidarity among all who love justice, all who love life, to create a revolution that will empower every single human being to govern his or her life, to govern the society and to be fully productive of life quality for self and for all."

-Justin Dart

Disability Talent Resources

Six multicolor triangular shaped objects point into a circle, representing the six areas of media – television, film, advertising, news, theatre and interactive Underneath, the words Lights! Camera! Access! appear in blue font.

Lights! Camera! Access! (LCA) has three objectives – 1) to increase disability employment in front of and behind the camera/keyboard across delivery platforms – TV, films, advertising, news, theatre, and interactive; 2) to improve disability portrayals and; ensure access to media through captions and audio descriptions.

Website: EINSOFcommunications.com

A representation of the letters D and A made up of geometric shapes that are different shades of blue.

DisArt believes that expressions of a Disabled cultural identity can transform society from awareness to understanding to belonging, creating a community that enjoys the full and equitable participation of all Disabled people.

Website: https://www.disartnow.org/

In between two laurel branches, appears a PPE mask with the words Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Home Edition.

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is a weekend-long filmmaking contest, originally launched in 2014 by actor, now also ESSC Board Member, Nic Novicki. Open to all, the challenge provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry.

Website: disabilityfilmchallenge.com

Caucasian man with a brown beard wears a blue shirt with a badass expression glares into the camera.

“I think of the ADA as an incredible foundation of needed change for people with disability. That foundation is being built upon every year it is in existence by our community.  The strength of it supports our progress, our perseverance, and the power of our united voice.”

-Danny Woodburn

Caucasian woman with dark brown hair, pink blouse and dark suit smile into the camera.

"26% of the population – 2% of media – 100% cast and crew of ADA30 Lead On.  Media professionals with disabilities own this narrative – In front of and behind the camera. A real gamechanger."

-Tari Hartman Squire

Maysoon, woman with dark brown hair and brown eyes, smiling at camera with a dark red top and gold circular medallion necklace in front of a white background.

"I have a dream that by the next National Disability Employment Awareness Month, workplaces nationwide will reflect the disability community in the same percentage that we exist in the real world.

The talent exists. It is time to create a more inclusive world where all of us can succeed."

-Maysoon Zayid

White female with shoulder length brown hair and bangs, smiling and wearing a burgundy top and a pearl necklace.

“The passage of the ADA 30 years ago gave people with disabilities protections of our basic civil rights.  As a community we embraced this new found opportunity of equality, and continue to work towards its fullest potential.”

-Karen Goss