This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - the first Federal legislation to address access and equity for people with disabilities. In commemoration of the anniversary, OSERS and RSA celebrated throughout the month of September.
- On September 1, 2023, RSA was proud to take part in the VR Workforce Studio podcast: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The podcast features VR success stories from across the country and is available throughout the month of September as we celebrate the 50th anniversary.
- On September 21, 2023, OSERS published a Blog that looks back on the past 50 years of both the Rehabilitation Act and the VR program and looks ahead at the next 50 years.
- On September 26, 2023, RSA and CSAVR presented a special feature video: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act: Through our History, Successes and Vision for the Future. In the video, former Senator Tom Harkin recounts the history behind the Rehabilitation Act; guitarist George Dennehy performs his song, "Work Makes the World Go Round," featuring individuals with disabilities at work; and OSERS Assistant Secretary Glenna Wright-Gallo discusses the impact of the Rehabilitation Act.
- On September 26, 2023, OSERS and RSA participated in the White House Forum on Disability Rights for the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The event was held at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. The public may attend via Zoom. ASL and CART will be provided.