MOD was pleased to have nearly 300 guests attend our inaugural Disability Summit, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 25: Past, Present & Future on September 18, 2015. The event was held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and a breakfast buffet was served.

The Summit opened with a special surprise. A greeting was read from the signer of the ADA, President George H.W. Bush, to Summit attendees. MOD Director David D’Arcangelo served as emcee of the Summit and presented on MOD’s role as a resource for the disability community.

The Summit program featured six distinguished speakers who discussed their work and insights on the past, present and future of the ADA. Kenneth An, Director of the Boston Area Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) spoke about Title I of the ADA: Employment. Kristen McCosh, Commissioner of the Boston Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities appointed by the late Thomas M. Menino presented on Title II of the ADA: State & Local Government. Mary Margaret Moore, Executive Director of the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. (ILCNSCA) focused on Title III of the ADA: Public Accommodations. Jeffrey Kramer, Executive Director of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances for Verizon spoke about Title IV of the ADA: Telecommunications and Verizon’s recent efforts to comply. Covering Title V of the ADA: Miscellaneous was John Lozada, Manager of Federal Programs for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Civil Rights Division. 

The Summit concluded with the first ever MOD Thomas P. Hopkins Disability Access Award, presented to Tom Hopkins, Director of the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board since August 2002, for whom the award is named.

Video of the Summit will soon be available on MOD’s YouTube channel. We look forward to seeing the community for next year’s Summit on September 16, 2016.

David D'Arcangelo Emceeing the Disability Summit to over 300 people.  This is a large function hall.

David D'Arcangelo Emceeing the Disability Summit

Summit speakers from left to right: Kenneth An, John Lozada, Jeffrey Kramer, Kristen McCosh, Mary Margaret Moore and David D'Arcangelo

Summit speakers from left to right: Kenneth An, John Lozada, Jeffrey Kramer, Kristen McCosh, Mary Margaret Moore and David D’Arcangelo

Tom Hopkins accepts the MOD Thomas P. Hopkins Disability Access Award with David D'Arcangelo, Kenneth An, Kristen McCosh applauding

Tom Hopkins accepts the MOD Thomas P. Hokins Disability Access Award.

A yellow piece of paper with President Georg Bush Sr.'s Letterhead addressed to David D'Arcangelo welcoming people to the ADA Summit

Welcome Letter from President George Bush for the Disability Summit