The Disability Dialogue: When ADA 25 Celebrations End

When ADA 25th Anniversary Celebrations End, How Can We Keep Momentum Going?

By Emily Ladau
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

At the time this piece is published, I’ll be resting up after a week filled with festivities honoring the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The past week was the culmination of the past quarter-century living with the ADA in effect, a milestone that absolutely deserves the celebrations upon celebrations that have been taking place. I’ve loved all of it. The events have been a chance to show pride in disability culture, to strengthen friendships and alliances, and to pay homage to the progress we’ve made. 

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The Disability Dialogue: Nothing About Me Without Me?

SydneyNothing About Me Without We? 

By Sydney Chasteen
Guest Blogger
The Disability Dialogue

As disabled people, we so often have to walk fine lines to be successful in the able bodied world. Whether it's in the work place, in school or just in the general public there always seems to be a fine line between getting our needs met and maintaining our independence. Many times this also means dealing with a litany of micro aggressions that have been ingrained in society. 

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The Disability Dialogue: Freeburg High School is 'Home of the Midgets'

http://www.cdrnys.org/images/Leah.jpgFreeburg High School is ‘Home of the Midgets.’

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

To out myself immediately, I am the kind of person they are referencing with their mascot and am highly offended. In fact, the term is so offensive that I have never and will never identify myself as a midget. I prefer to identify myself with terms such as: little person, dwarfism or person of short stature.  

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CDR at the White House

Center for Disability Rights at the White House

Center for Disability Rights (CDR) will mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act at a special White House Reception on Monday, July 20 at 3:15pm (EST), represented by its Executive Director Bruce E. Darling and Director of Advocacy Stephanie Woodward.

"I remember when we were first introducing the ADA” said Darling. "I was a part of the community that was fighting to get lifts put on buses 25 years ago and being told it was virtually impossible. Now, 25 years later it is something that we often take for granted.” Darling also stated, “I am excited that we are a part of and playing a pivotal role in fulfilling the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act for people still in nursing facilities and other institutional settings."

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The Disability Dialogue: Should I Always Wear My Activist Hat?

EmilyShould I Always Wear My Activist Hat?

By Emily Ladau
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

Scrolling through my social media feeds offers up a treasure trove of perspectives on social justice issues. Each time I log on, I’m inundated by opinions ranging all over the place, and commentaries on what society is getting right or wrong. It’s par for the course to find articles like this interspersed with cute animal videos when you’re connected with activists and count them among your closest friends.

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