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City of Albuquerque Celebrates 30th Anniversary of ADA Passage with Learning Series

8-part series challenges Burqueños to step up for inclusivity

July 7, 2020

This July marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA” or “Act”), and the City of Albuquerque is marking this important milestone for the Disability Rights Movement with a series of online community awareness seminars about access and the ADA.

Mayor Tim Keller added, “It’s up to each of us to play a role in ensuring equality for all Burqueños. That’s why we’ve invested millions in long overdue work to make this city more accessible. There is still a lot more to be done and this series highlights actions each of us can take to be part of the solution for improving access and opportunity.”

Community members can sign-up for one of the seminars by emailing the City’s Title II ADA Coordinator, Jordan Vargas, at [email protected].

  • Community Meeting on the Albuquerque Closed Captioning Ordinance, Tuesday, July 7th, 12:30 PM
    • Followed by Effective Communication and Hearing Loss Awareness, Tuesday, July 7th, 2 PM
  • Sociological View of Disability, Monday, July 13th, 12 PM
  • Business Meeting on the Albuquerque Closed Captioning Ordinance, Wednesday, July 15th, 8:30 AM
    • Followed by Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, Wednesday, July 15th, 10 AM
  • Fair Housing, Thursday, July 23rd, 4:30 PM
  • Service Animals, Friday, July 31st, 11 AM

In two of the seminars, the City will provide information about the Closed Captioning Ordinance sponsored by City Councilors Cynthia Borrego and Klarissa Peña. Torri Jacobus, the Director of the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Civil Rights stated, “The Closed Captioning Ordinance will not only allow Albuquerque’s deaf and hard of hearing residents to fully engage with our public environments, but it will also ensure they have timely access to emergency information about the COVID-19 pandemic.”