The Bigger Picture, Issue 18 – Special Edition!

The big day has finally arrived! We’ve been talking about it for months now, and finally the 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act is here! This week’s blog post is all about ADA 25 and Beyond, and what we here at NWGA CIL have done to celebrate it!

Happy 25th Birthday, ADA!!

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act into law. Since then, the nation has had sweeping changes to public places in order to make them accessible to anyone, regardless of disability. On July 20th, President Barack Obama honored the anniversary of the ADA with a presidential speech at the White House, which you can see below. The video has captioning for those that need it, also.


ADA Celebration Open House

This week, on July 22nd, the staff here at NWGA CIL hosted an open house event for our consumers and community. We all made and/or brought delicious desserts for everyone to enjoy, and boy, were they ever enjoyed! We are so thankful to everyone that stopped by, and had a blast talking to the community collaborators & consumers that were able to join us for this significant celebration! For those who weren’t able to come, you were certainly missed. We had several desserts that fit with various dietary needs, too! Here are some pictures of what we had for the party!

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We definitely had a bounteous spread! I’m partial to the Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches, but I’m probably biased (hey, I worked hard on them). For those who did join us, and those who were not able to stop by, we hope that we’ll see you again the next time we have an Open House! But remember, our doors are always open and our phones are always on! Let’s see a few of the faces that stopped by…








Do you have questions about the ADA?

How has the ADA impacted your life?

Have you encountered any obstacles that the ADA could help knock down?

We want to know! Tell us in the comments, or email us at

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NOAA Ambassador Weather Update

If you’re living in the south, and have been here for a while (or your whole life), you are probably familiar with what we down here call “heat storms”, pop-up thunderstorms that have lightning and thunder but probably no rain. Some may think that these storms pose less danger than a typical thunderstorm, but that’s very far from accurate. Here’s a release from NOAA WRN about lightning safety:

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors–
As of July 8, 2015, 17 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States — ALL of these deaths were avoidable. This is double the average number of year-to-date lightning fatalities (8.8) over the past five years (2010-2014). There are several possible reasons for this, such as more convective activity across the country; an improved economy resulting in more people taking vacations this summer; the possibility of people taking more risks than usual; and the element of chance. But the most important issue is behavior: People must go indoors when they hear thunder!

Here are some statistics of past years at this time in the calendar year, and some key messages:
Number of year-to-date fatalities as of July 6:
  •   2015: 17 fatalities

  •   2014:  9 fatalities

  •   2013:  9 fatalities

  •   2012:  7 fatalities

  •   2011:  8 fatalities

  •   2010: 11 fatalities

Key Messages

  • Lightning deaths are already double those than at this time last year.

  • ALL of these deaths were avoidable.

  • There is no safe place outside. You must go inside a sturdy building with walls, closed windows, electricity and plumbing, or get in a hard topped car with the windows rolled up

  • As soon as you can hear thunder or see lightning you are in danger.

  • Don’t WAIT… When thunder roars, go indoors!

  • Do NOT seek shelter under a tree!

  • Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from the storm.

  • Plan your activities so you don’t get caught outside in a thunderstorm.

  • If there are thunderstorms in the forecast, make sure you can quickly get to a safe shelter or reschedule the outdoor activity.

We definitely hope to hear from you about your thoughts on the ADA and its future, and as always, we thank you for joining us! Next week we’ll have a look at more articles from around the web, some pictures of a few new features in our office, and other updates! 


One thought on “The Bigger Picture, Issue 18 – Special Edition!

  1. The ADA has promoted increased awareness, which has led to so many different opportunities. One that has helped me very much is that major technology designers have begun to create products with universal design. This allows many of us to participate in the same on-line and social media community everyone else does. This also allows me to work (only 30% of people who are blind have jobs) in a career I love

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