The Disability Visibility Project is a year-long grassroots effort to collect stories of people with disabilities around the nation to celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015. In collaboration with StoryCorps, Disability Visibility Project seeks to preserve disability history by having folks with disabilities do interviews at StoryCorps studios in San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, and the Mobile Tour, which travels to cities around the country.
"The Americans with Disabilities Act was a landmark civil rights law that prohibited discrimination based on disability and provided equal opportunity for millions to participate in society. As we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the ADA tomorrow, we are taking this opportunity to remember and reflect as a community on the tremendous changes we've experienced so far," says Alice Wong, Project Coordinator. "The struggle for disability and human rights continues and it is important for future generations to have this history to guide them."
Preserving our history is critical because often, either our history and stories are excluded from mainstream history, discounted by historians or is told by others from their point of view, rather than ours. I am very happy that this campaign is underway and strongly encourage our community to participate. We need to be the ones telling our stories!
Click here to learn more about the Disability Visibility Project, including how you can reserve an interview session with StoryCorps. This is a very important project that we should be excited about, proud of, and participate to the fullest. After all, can't nobody tell our stuff like we can!