Be Part of the Disability Visibility Project: 25 Years of the ADA

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I have just one thing to say about Alice Wong's gift to the US disability community known as the Disability Visibility ProjectJust do it!"

Register online to record your story then walk, roll or hitch a ride over to the nearest StoryCorps recording booth. 

If you have a disability, tell your story. If you are family, friend, coworker or ally of someone with a disability think about participating too. The StoryCorps model is based on the simple observation that telling a story in conversation can be a very moving experience for those who hear it. In this case it will become part of the archive of a generation's experience of the past 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act - the ADA.

In the US we are in the midst of a ridiculously politicized struggle to ratify the United Nations charter based on the ADA - the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). Beyond being part of the oral history of the early ADA Era your recording offers real life stories to educate Senators, their staff, and the general public.

What is involved? I'll let Alice answer:

  Some people asked whether they have to talk about the ADA or not and my answer is it's completely optional. The Disability Visibility Project is using the ADA as a springboard to have people with disabilities reflect about their past, present and future. Everyone has an interesting story to tell. It can be about your passions and hobbies, your personal life as a sibling, parent or spouse or something about the work you do. Much of it might depend on your interview partner and what you two share together when it comes to the disability experience. People don't have to talk about activism, disability rights or legislation like the ADA or section 504 of the Rehab Act but they could if those topics are important to them.

To read more: http://criptiques.com/2014/07/03/disability-visibility-project-interview-with-alice-wong/

 

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