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Celebrating 31 Years of the ADA

ADA 31 Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrate the ADA July 26, 2021 photo of Rachel Fisher at graduation with her service dog

Celebrating 31 Years of the ADA

Join Rio Salado College in July as we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA became law on July 26, 1990, and ensures that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Rio Salado is dedicated to upholding the principles of inclusion and accessibility, two issues at the heart of the ADA.

The college’s mission is to “support learners where they are and provide high-quality, flexible, and accessible education to empower individual goal attainment.”

ADA Anniversary Celebrations

  • ADA Anniversary Library Guide
    The Rio Salado Library has created the ADA 31st Anniversary Guide to raise awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to support and celebrate our community members with disabilities.
  • Virtual Summer Movie Club – Wednesdays in July 2021
    Join us as we explore the movie “Crip Camp” (view for free here), an Academy Award nominated documentary about a 1971 summer camp in New York for teens with disabilities. Movie camp meets Wednesdays (July, 7, 14, 21, 28) from 7:30-9 a.m. to discuss what living with a disability was, is, and will be in the coming years. More info.

  • Rio’s ADA Celebration Virtual Event – Monday, July 26, 2021
    9:30-10 a.m. - Welcome discussion on the spirit of the ADA
    10:15-11 a.m. - Alumni spotlight featuring Rachel Fisher
    11:15-Noon - Employee spotlight featuring Justin Yarbrough
    1-1:45 p.m. - A parent’s perspective featuring Rio student Cordero Holmes
    2-2:30 p.m. - Conclusion/Wrap-up

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Meet Rio Graduate Rachel Fisher

Rio’s Disability Resources and Services (DRS) department helped alum Rachel Fisher reach her educational goals.

She graduated from Rio Salado in 2018 with an associate in arts degree, and proudly attended the commencement ceremony accompanied by her service dog, Austin.

“So many students with disabilities become lost from high school to college without support or assistance,” Fisher said. “I was one of those students. We need to help our next generation to be happy, healthy and independent individuals through support and training on social and career skills.”

Fisher went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from Arizona State University in 2020 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree. Her goal is to help others living with disabilities. 

"Don’t let anything hold you back, whether it’s income, being first generation, being a parent, having a disability, or being from out of state or out of the country,” Fisher said. “I have helped to make change and I am an adult transfer student, first generation, single mom, low income, from out of state, and none of those labels mattered.”

Disability Services at Rio Salado

Rio Salado College’s Disability Resources and Services (DRS) department offers accommodations to students with documented disabilities at no cost. These include:

  • Sign language interpreters
  • Text in alternative format
  • Readers/scribes
  • Extended test taking time

Visit Rio’s DRS website for more information about disability services.

To request accommodations for this program or event, please contact Disability Resources and Services at 480-517-8562 or To ensure the provision of appropriate or reasonable accommodations, please submit your request 48-hours in advance of the program or event.

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