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Disability Issues in the U.S.

July 21, 2015 - July 23, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush. It is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal.

CCWA welcomes a group of international visitors from various English- and French-speaking African nations who are coming to Cleveland to attend the ADA CLE 25 event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Visitors will have the opportunity to join in the day-long celebration on July 22nd, which will officially kick off at 11:00 am at Wade Oval Circle with remarks from Cleveland’s Mayor and continue with music, food, adaptive games and activities, as well as awards, until 4:00 pm. This visit is part of a larger national program in which visitors will travel throughout the United States to enhance their understanding of policies, best practices, and challenges for improving access and quality of life for persons with disabilities in their home countries.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Ryan Ouellette, Senior Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


July 21, 2015
July 23, 2015
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