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Celebrating 30 years of Americans with Disabilities Act

It’s been 30 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the ADA is our nation’s most comprehensive disability rights law, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in areas including employment, transportation, communication, and access to government programs and services. Join us to mark the 30th anniversary of this critically important civil rights law with a collaboration presented by Seattle Channel, TVW, and King County TV.

Seattle Channel will air three hours of programming Sunday, July 26, 2 to 5 p.m., including a presentation about Universal Design by architect Karen Braitmayer, the documentary “Bottom Dollars” from Rooted in Rights, tips for creating more accessible content and events, and more. Get a sneak peek at some of Seattle Channel’s programs below. This content will replay on King County TV Monday, July 27, between 5 and 8 p.m. The full program can also be viewed online here.

Also on Monday, July 27, tune in to TVW between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for more programming including a presentation by Governor Jay Inslee and Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, musical entertainment, historical footage, an interactive panel discussion, and more.

More info about these accessible televised programs can be found here.

Seattle Channel broadcasts on Comcast Channels 21 and 321 (HD); Wave Channels 21 and 721 (HD); and CenturyLink Channels 8003 and 8503 (HD). Also streaming online and on YouTube.

TVW broadcasts locally on Comcast Channel 23. See additional options at, including live streaming.

King County TV broadcasts on Comcast Channels 22 and 322 (HD) and on Wave Channel 22, and streams live online.

Universal Design & Aging in Place

As the population ages, some opt to “age in place.” While this may require some home modifications to increase accessibility, a few simple adjustments and alterations using Universal Design principles can lead to big benefits.

From Braille to Yale: Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib

The experience of losing his eyesight to cancer at age 8 led Cyrus Habib on a path to help others. Elected lieutenant governor of Washington in 2016 at the age of 35, Habib is both the first and only Iranian-American official to hold statewide elected office in the United States. The Rhodes Scholar and Yale Law grad shares his personal journey to public service.

Seattle Slam Wheelchair Rugby

They go all out, punishing the competition in the fast moving, full contact game of rugby. Wheelchair rugby. For Jeremy Hannaford, coach and player for the Seattle Slam, this is much more than a game. It gives him an outlet, provides him some independence and reminds him that his disability does not determine his every move.

Braille Challenge

The Braille Challenge is a competition for visually impaired students in Seattle and around the country to show off their braille literacy. It tests skill levels in categories ranging from braille speed to spelling to reading comprehension. Along the way, it builds community for kids and parents.