Advocacy Resources Bridges Blog Series: #DisabilityPrideMonth July

ADA in Employment and Government

#DisabilityPrideMonth July

July is Disability Pride Month because the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed on July 26, 1990. The ADA built upon earlier legislation to strengthen the civil rights protections of individuals with disabilities. Our Maryland Bridges Technical Assistance Center celebrates #DisabilityPrideMonth with a Transition Tip video series about the origins and impact of the ADA.

  • July 4: Origins of the ADA
  • July 11: ADA in Employment and Government
  • July 18: ADA in Employment and Independent Living
  • July 25: ADA in Education

This second video in the series investigates the role of the ADA in employment and the impact of the U.S. Access Board, an independent federal agency promoting equality of disabled individuals, from its Executive Director, Dr. Sachin Dev Pavithran. Learn more about the U.S. Access Board on its website.

ADA in Employment and Government Video, a #BridgesHelpDesk #TransitionTip Video Interview Celebrating #DisabilityPrideMonth

In this #BridgesHelpDesk #TransitionTip video interview, with Bridges’ Project Coordinator Chris Nusbaum and Bridges Director Carlton Anne Cook Walker, we learn about the U.S. Access Board and how it helps further the promise of the ADA and other civil rights laws from its Executive Director, Dr. Sachin Dev Pavithran. In addition, Dr. Pavithran shares his lived experience as a blind immigrant and how he values the very different approaches to disability in his country of birth and in the United States. He then provides advice to disabled transition-age youth and their families and gives his assessment of disability-related obstacles that remain and that must be addressed as we move forward.

Dr. Pavithran holds undergraduate degrees in Business Information Systems and in Marketing as well as a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines from Utah State University. He served on the U.S. Access Board (including service as its Vice-Chair and its Chair) for eight years prior to being named its Executive Director. He also served the Utah State University in the areas of ADA coordination, disability, and assistive technology, including serving as Director of Policy for the Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Video Transcript


Welcome and Introduction by Chris Nusbaum at 0:01

About Dr. Sachin Dev Pavithran and the U.S. Access Board at 1:31

Sachin’s Early Years at 1:48

Coming to America After High School at 2:31

Sachin’s First Career and His Path to Advocacy for Disability Rights at 3:36

The U.S. Access Board at 4:38

Comparing Disability-Related Cultural Differences In and Out of the U.S. at 5:49

Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Jobs and Employment at 8:17

Employer Attitudes Toward Job Seekers with Disabilities at 10:21

Potential Impact of Government Policy on Employment for Blind Individuals at 11:56

Dr. Pavithran’s Advice to Transition-age Youth and Their Support Systems at 13:45

Addressing Technological Barriers at 18:22

Ever-changing Landscape of Information Communication Technology at 20:36

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This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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