July 26, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Americans Institute of Architects of Dallas will be organizing a day of awareness and celebration on the impact the ADA has had on the built environment and the disabled community.  The ADA Awareness Day will be celebrated on July 24, 2015.  The day will begin with a proclamation from the City of Dallas Mayor proclaiming July 26th as ADA Awareness Day in the City of Dallas.  The programs that are being planned will include tours of accessible buildings, guest speakers, and a focus will be on how architects and the ADA work together to benefit the disabled community.

July 23rd - Wheelchair For A Day

Can you imagine what it would be like to be dependent on a wheelchair for your mobility?  Join Bob Bullis, Bob Borson, Beth Brant, David Dillard, Jason Dugas, and Tom Taylor on July 23rd to spend a day in a wheelchair and share your experience on social media.  If you are interested, contact Marcela at marhoads@abadiaccess.com.  Participants will discuss their experience at a happy hour on ADA Awareness Day, July 24th. To follow along with their journey, follow #ADA25 on social media.

July 24th  - ADA Awareness Day Program

10:00-11:30 “Beyond the Guidelines - How a Facility to Help the Visually Impaired Has Gone Beyond the ADA Requirements to Make Life Better for All”  (1.5 HSW) 

Neva Fairchild will be speaking about her experiences with blindness, followed by a tour of Lighthouse for the Blind, led by Marcel Quimby, FAIA, at 4306 Capitol Avenue, Dallas.  Sponsored by Andres Construction

12:30-2:00 “Removing Stumbling Blocks - Perspectives on How ADA Has Supported the Lives of the Disabled” (1.5 HSW)

The luncheon speaker is Walter Patterson, who contracted Polio at the age of 18 months. Since then, his life has been an example of never giving up and never letting his disability place limits on his accomplishments. In the spring of 2008, he trekked to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest, located at 17,500 feet. Only one in ten people (disabled or not) ever reach Base Camp. Patterson's Himalayan journey along with two sherpas and two porters encompassed 60 miles of narrow, rough-hewn trails, 18 days, three avalanches, one bath, sub-freezing nights, and too many SNICKERS candy bars to count.

Keynote speaker and proclamation at Children’s Health Systems of Texas, Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Independence Room (ground floor), 2350 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas. Lunches will be provided, if ordered.  Tour of Children’s Medical Center, recipient of the 2013 APA/Texas Governor's Award, following the program.

3:30-5:00 “When Design meets Accessibility” (1.5 HSW)

Tour of the Perot Museum, recipient of the 2013 APA/Texas Governor’s Award for Accessibility Design, led by Jennifer Workman, AIA, of Good Fulton and Farrell, and Kim Goss, Registered Accessibility Specialist. Sponsored by Access Tile and ecoglo

5:00-6:00  Happy Hour

Join us for drinks and discussion as Wheelchair For A Day participants share their experience.

All events are FREE, except for the charge for lunch, if ordered

Thanks to the sponsors of ADA Awareness Day: Andres Construction, Access Title, ecoglo, Abadi Accessibility, Access by Design