A Celebration of ADA Awareness Day

A Celebration of ADA Awareness Day

Twenty years ago Monday, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.  To celebrate this important anniversary, AIA Dallas and TRASA have a day of activities scheduled, including a kick-off event at Dallas City Hall and tours of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Texas Discovery Gardens.


ADA Awareness Day Kick-Off Event: Free and Open to the Public.

When: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Dallas City Hall
What:  Talk by Kent Waldrep and commemoration of ADA Awareness Day and reading of Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert’s proclamation

Who: Kent Waldrep, a rising football star at Texas Christian University, was paralyzed by injury. As a result, he started the American Paralysis Foundation to promote the cause of the disabled and to seek a cure for spinal cord injuries. He was appointed to the National Council on Disability and helped lead the fight for the passage of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act.
Currrently, Kent's efforts to find a cure for chronic paralysis are channeled through the Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation.
Kent will offer a personal account of how the ADA has affected him and countless others like him in providing increased accessibility to the buildings that we all encounter in our daily lives. His inspiring journey will give us an idea of how the ADA has benefited our country and the disabled community.

How: The event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to

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When: Monday, July 26, 2010 at noon.
Where: Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, 4306 Capitol Avenue, Dallas, 75204
What:  Tour of Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind

Founded in 1931, the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, located in a facility designed by famed Dallas architect George Dahl, focuses on improving and enhancing the lives and opportunities of the visually impaired in North Texas. Their guiding principle is the belief that with knowledge, training and motivation, people who are visually impaired can succeed and thrive in any workplace, live productive and meaningful lives, and be important contributors to their communities.

By providing jobs, job training and offering community services, the Lighthouse strives to empower and encourage its clients toward living independently.

The Lighthouse’s Industrial and Sewing Centers, where more than 150 people are employed, and
the Technology Lab, which offers adaptive business skills training to provide enhanced upward mobility opportunities for employment in a variety of office environments, will be in full operation for this 30-minute guided tour. Find out how the Lighthouse is making a real difference in our community and how you can help.

How: This tour is open to the general public.  For additional information and to RSVP, call Jo Baker at 214-821-2375, ext. 116.

When: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m..
Where: Texas Discovery Gardens, Fair Park
What:  Tour of Texas Discovery Gardens

The mission of the Texas Discovery Gardens is to have a positive impact on the future of Texas by teaching people effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment through the use of native and adapted plants that illustrate the interrelationship of Butterflies, Bugs and Botany.   Located in the original 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition House of Horticulture at Fair Park, the facility was recently renovated by Oglesby Greene Architects.  The original conservatory is now a butterfly house. The historic building was not originally accessible, and in the renovation, it was updated to meet accessibility requirements. The tour will be led by the architect and accessibility inspector and will show how this historic building has been upgraded to meet the State and Federal requirements.  

How: This tour will be $10 for AIA Dallas and TRASA members and $20 for non-members.  The tour provides it is worth one hour of barrier-free HSW CEU. RSVP to the AIA since there is a limited number of spots. Please RSVP to AIA Dallas at 214.742.3242 or  

When: Monday, July 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m..
Where: Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Avenue
What:  The City of Plano Proclaims July 26 as ADA Celebration Day

The City of Plano joins communities across the country in recognizing the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into legislation. The City is proclaiming July 26 as an annual ADA Celebration Day in the City of Plano. The Honorable Mayor Phil Dyer will present the proclamation during the regular city council meeting on Monday, July 26. Kent Waldrep, founder of the Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation will be a distinguished guest participating in the proclamation event.

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