The purpose of this event was to highlight the many ways in which the Americans with Disabilities Act has impacted voting rights. Panelists discussed the progress that has been made, the work that has yet to be done, and why it’s important to vote in the upcoming elections. Panelists for the event included: Danita Jackson, Intake Specialist with Disability Rights Wisconsin Katy Schmidt, Past-President of the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf Chris Wood, Board Member…
A Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Video (Spanish Translation)
A Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Video (With Audio Descriptions)
The video features Wisconsinites with disabilities, DRW staff, Governor Evers, and other disability advocates speaking about the impact of the ADA.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, tells the story of a camp for teens with disabilities which helped to galvanize many of the teens and counselors to become activists in the disability rights movement Disability activist Judy Heumann, was a counselor at the camp and a leader in the struggle for disability rights. CRIP Camp can be accessed on Netflix. Read the New York Times article about Crip Camp: The Activist Star of ‘Crip Camp’ Looks…
ADAPT members played a key role in advocacy for the passage of the ADA. ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom. ADAPT continues to advocate today as the COVID-19 crisis has impacted so many people with disabilities.
Thanks to Chris Wood for your advocacy! Read the article from the Leader-Telegram.
“Millions of young people grew up knowing the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act as a birthright. They now demand its guarantees — and even more.” Read the New York Times article on Disability Pride.
Our thanks to Tom Olin, the social documentarian of the disability rights movement, for permission to use his photos in our ADA celebration. Tom spent his life in the grassroots, building an incredible collection of iconic photos of the historic struggle for civil rights and inclusion. Rooted in Rights spoke with Tom Olin during a 2016 stop on the ADA Legacy Tour. He shares his thoughts on the power of photography to inspire new activists.
Governor Tony Evers celebrates the impact of the ADA in ensuring civil rights, and advancing inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities. The Governor notes that as we celebrate, we recognize that much work still needs to be done to insure equity and equality for folks with disabilities, and reaffirm our commitment to realizing the promise of the ADA. Thanks to Governor Tony Evers for his proclamation honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with…
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