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NCIL Partners with Disability Visibility Project for Our ADA Stories

By Alice Wong

It’s less than 2 months until the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2015!

The Disability Visibility Project is proud to partner with the National Council on Independent Living and the Institute for Educational Leadership for the #OurADAStories social media campaign.

Purpose: To celebrate the rich diversity of the disability community and the impact of the ADA on our everyday lives and activities.

Example Tweet by Alice Wong @SFDirewolf - The ADA provided a foundation. W/o it, I wouldn't be able to advocate for access 'beyond code' #OurADAStories #ADA25  (Image of  univerally designed horizontal elevator buttonsThe Disability Visibility Project invites people of all ages to submit a photo or message from now to July 26th. Some things to consider when thinking about your ADA story:

  • What does advocacy, disability rights, and the disability community mean to you?
  • How has the ADA impacted your life and society in general?
  • What are the good, bad, and ugly aspects of the ADA? What is the unfinished business of the ADA?
  • How do your cultural identities (e.g., race, language, gender, gender identity, age) impact your disability or vice versa?
  • What does the future of disability rights and the lived experience of disability look like?
  • What can we learn across generations within our community? 

How To Participate

  1. Tweet your story! It can be a written message, selfie or a photo of things you see in your community that relates to disability rights. Be sure use the hashtags #OurADAStories and #ADA25 in any tweets! Follow @DisVisibility for updates. See an example Tweet.
  2. Post an image or written message to the Disability Visibility Project’s Facebook group (you have to join first). If you post an image to this group, please include a written description of your image.

Get creative! Share your story and celebrate disability culture and history!

Any questions? Email Alice Wong: alicat155@gmail.com.

**For ADA Generation youth and allies interested in submitting full stories in a variety of creative forms, please visit the IEL Blog.

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