ADA at 30: Still More To Do

Presented by Steve Higgins and Kimberly Tissot

  • July 20, 2020; 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. EDT
  • Track: Advocacy & Policy Work

In this workshop, we will talk about accomplishments made under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) while also focusing on its future. The ADA remains under attack! Our rights as persons with disabilities are affected by any changes to the law and it is important that we are aware of this. At the same time, it is important that we develop a strategy for the future that builds on a structure of laws, policies, and other tools that enable us as people with disabilities to have enforceable rights and protections that are inclusive of all persons with disabilities and support our right to remain independent in the community as we choose.

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Steve Higgins head shot

Steve Higgins

Steve Higgins is the Executive Director of Independence Associates, Inc. located in East Bridgewater, MA. He currently serves as the NCIL Region 1 Board Representative and as Co-Chair of the NCIL ADA Civil Rights Subcommittee. In addition to this, Steve has been a member of the Massachusetts SILC, serving several terms as well as a past officer and organizer of SILC Congress. Steve is passionate about advocacy, having over 20 years of experience as an advocate in the Independent Living community. Steve works with the NCIL Annual March and Rally team each year during the NCIL Conference in Washington DC as MC & one of the NCIL Marshals.

Workshops: ADA at 30: Still More To Do

Kimberly Tissot head shot

Kimberly Tissot

Kimberly Tissot is the Executive Director of Able SC where she guides the staff in applying the philosophy of Independent living to real situations. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Wheelock College in Boston, MA and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Kimberly has developed several innovative independent living and disability rights programs to reach all populations. She is a dedicated disability rights advocate and most recently her efforts resulted in the passing of progressive legislation in South Carolina, “Persons with Disabilities Right to Parent Act”. In addition to Kimberly’s role at Able SC, she is Governor appointed to the SC Statewide Independent Living Council, appointed by the SC State Superintendent of Education to the SC Advisory Council on the Education of Students with Disabilities where she serves as Chair, and serves on the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living’s Board of Directors, co-chairs the NCIL ADA and Civil Rights Committee as well as serves on the NCIL Parenting Rights Task Force. Kimberly was recently awarded The State’s 20 Under 40 Top Leaders.  Her special interests include: parenting with a disability, leadership development, and systems advocacy. 

Workshops: ADA at 30: Still More To Do