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Lex Frieden on Crafting the ADA: Friday’s show (July 24, 2015)

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The landmark legislation, signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunities for disabled Americans in “employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.” On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with one […]

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The landmark legislation, signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunities for disabled Americans in “employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.”

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with one of the architects of the ADA: Houstonian Lex Frieden. The longtime disability rights advocate chaired the National Council on Disability, and was a member of the UN’s Panel of Experts on the Standard Rules for Disability. We’ll discuss his life and work on behalf of disabled Americans, his (and Houston’s) role in the development of the ADA, and the challenges he sees going forward in efforts to ensure equality for people with disabilities.

(Frieden is also a Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Health Science Center and an Adjunct Professor of the latter at Baylor College of Medicine. He also directs the Independent Living Research Utilization program at Memorial Hermann).

Also this hour: As we do every Friday, we’ll talk with our rotating panel of “non-experts” about The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the week’s news. Our panelists this week: comedian Ty Mahany, legal journalist Tamara Tabo, and political blogger Charles Kuffner. We’ll discuss several stories, including, of course, the circumstances surrounding the arrest, jailing, and death of Sandra Bland in Waller County this week.

 

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