Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Hines celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act
Hines VA celebrates 28 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Hines VA is marking the 28th year of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) with a celebration Thursday, July 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Winter Garden between buildings 12 & 13.
The event is sponsored by the Hines Special Emphasis Program for individuals with disabilities.
Disabled Veterans will participate in activities and receive prizes.
Hines Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) works to raise awareness and conform to guidelines set forth in the ADA.
The Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
In 2009, additional guidelines were put in place that clarified what is considered to be a “disability.”
Hines VA promotes and organizes a number of initiatives aimed at empowering the disability community, including:
An annual celebration of signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, outreach events, employment awareness and community support.
The ADA now extends additional protections such as fair housing, air carrier assistance, communications technology and voting rights.
VA offers several special emphasis resources. Hines VA actively engages with affinity groups and other agencies to raise employee awareness of the importance of diversity.
Hines VA remains committed to serve as a model EEO workplace. For VA specific programs check out this website for special emphasis programs.