Join the Epilepsy Foundation for a Virtual Discussion - Celebrating 30 Years: ADA Architects Reflect on Historic Importance and Road Ahead

Disability Rights Leaders to Highlight Progress and Work Still to be Done to Ensure Full Access & Inclusion for People with Disabilities, Including Epilepsy
Sunday, July 19, 2020



The Epilepsy Foundation joins other organizations and individuals across the nation to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The Epilepsy Foundation's event will be a moderated panel of expert speakers who played a role in the passing and implementation of the ADA, including former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and primary author of the ADA, Tony Coelho. The event will conclude with a question and answer session.


Thursday, July 23, 2-3 p.m. ET

This webinar will be recorded for those unable to make the scheduled time. 


Participants must register in advance here.  
CART and ASL will be provided. Please send requests for additional accommodations to


Tony Coelho, former U.S. Representative (CA-15), a person living with epilepsy and a long-time member of the Epilepsy Foundation's national board of directors 
Alexandra (Sandy) Finucane, Esq., Former Senior Legal Advisor, Epilepsy Foundation 
Arlene Mayerson, Esq., Directing Attorney Emerita and Of Counsel, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
John L. Wodatch, Esq., former Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Moderator Allison Nichol, Esq., Director of Legal Advocacy, Epilepsy Foundation  


The ADA prohibits discrimination and guarantees the civil rights of people with disabilities. In 2008, President George W. Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act that restored the original intent of Congress and clarified the definition of "disability" to encompass episodic conditions like epilepsy. Together with the disability community, local offices, business leaders and Congress, the Epilepsy Foundation served a critical advocacy role in helping to pass the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act. 


According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.4 million people in the United States are affected by epilepsy. It is the underlying tendency of the brain to produce seizures which are sudden abnormal bursts of electrical energy that disrupt brain functions. 


With a network of nearly 50 partners throughout the United States, the Epilepsy Foundation is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY®. The Foundation connects people to treatment, support and resources; leads advocacy efforts; funds innovative research and the training of specialists; and educates the public about epilepsy and seizure first aid. For more than five decades, the Epilepsy Foundation has shone a light on epilepsy to promote awareness and understanding, and to advocate for laws that matter to people with epilepsy, while also funding $68.7 million for epilepsy research and supporting 3,091 epilepsy investigators and specialists in their early careers. To learn more visit or call 1.800.332.1000. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact Name: 
Jackie Aker
Contact Phone: 
(310) 846-9272
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The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

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