UCLA’s Olivia Raynor on the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago
On Monday, President Obama and disability rights leaders from across the country, including UCLA’s Olivia Raynor, gathered at the White House to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. Raynor is director of UCLA’s Tarjan Center that advances employment, access to postsecondary education, careers in the arts for people with disabilities and newer treatments in autism and cerebral palsy. Located in the Semel Institute, it is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD), part of a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. An adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Raynor is also board president of the Association for University Centers on Disabilities as well as the founder of the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA and a member of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.
UCLA Newsroom editor Cynthia Lee talked to Olivia Raynor about the ADA and the evolution of an accessible campus.
To read the entire interview, please visit http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/q-a-protecting-the-rights-of-people-with-disabilities.