Presentation at The U to examine effectiveness of ADA

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A program at The University of South Dakota will examine the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act and whether or not the civil rights law has achieved its goal of full integration for individuals with disabilities.

"The Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act – Have We Achieved It?" is a presentation by Robert Kean and Shelly Pfaff on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Newman Hall at the Newman Center, which is located at 320 E. Cherry St. in Vermillion. Kean, executive director of South Dakota Advocacy Services, serves as a member of the South Dakota Governor’s Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, the South Dakota Mental Health Planning Coordination Advisory Council and the South Dakota Guardianship Program Trust. Pfaff is the executive director of the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. She has more than 25 years of experience serving persons with disabilities and presently serves on the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Statewide Independent Living Council.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 recognizes and protects the civil rights of people with disabilities. The ADA is modeled after earlier landmark laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race and gender. Wednesday’s program, "The Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act – Have We Achieved It?" is hosted by Disability Services at The University of South Dakota and the Center for Disabilities, Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, the Center for Disabilities works with individuals and families in the areas of autism, fetal alcohol syndrome and birth to 3. Established as a multi-disciplinary evaluation center on developmental disabilities at USD in 1971, the Center also features developmental clinics on the Cheyenne River Reservation and the Rosebud Reservation. For more information about "The Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act – Have We Achieved It?" please contact Disability Services at The U at (605) 677-6389 or e-mail dservice@usd.edu.