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Closing out the ADA’s 30th Birthday

On July 30, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Story Circle hosted Beyond ADA 30 — Impacts, Intersections & Reflecting Forward. This program is a conversation with disability advocates Anil Lewis (director, Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind), Beth Ziebarth (director, Access Smithsonian), and LeDerick Horne (poet and activist) as they reflect on the current landscape of the disability community and the road ahead in our post-pandemic world. “How do the impacts of our dual pandemics intersect with the disability community, and influence the way we look to the future? As we begin to design a new world that will re-imagine everything from architecture, infrastructure, and transportation, to education, employment, and cultural arts experiences, how do we do so in a way that ensures that everyone has equal access and is meaningfully included?” The program, including closed captioning, is available on the Festival website