Here are features in ADAchronicles.org that I particularly recommend.
The first two stories on the STORIES & ESSAYS main menu tab, “There Oughta’ Be A Law: Discriminatory Short-Circuit of Summer Job" and “There Oughta’ Be A Law: The Bob Brunner Story” provide two concrete personal examples of why an ADA-type law was sorely needed.
When disability rights attorney extraordinaire, Tom Gilhool, passed away on August 22, 2020, the Public Interest Law Center aptly and eloquently eulogized him:
Tom helped bring about generational advances in the rights of people with disabilities nationwide, leading the first case establishing the right to public education and championing the movement for services based in the community. He was also a founding figure in civil legal aid...
This essay identifies a number of ways in which measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic have shafted persons with disabilities, and analyzes how and why people with disabilities were shortchanged. As all Americans and all agencies of government and the private sector do their parts to end the pandemic and get the country back on its feet, they must do so in a way that ensures equal justice and avoids discrimination against people with disabilities.
This project began as a book about how the disability rights movement originated and progressed, and my insider story of the making of the ADA. After a few decades of writing, and with the 30th anniversary of the ADA rapidly approaching, I realized that a different medium and format would make my objective a reality sooner and more effectively.
The thirtieth anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act came at a gut-wrenching, disorienting, transformational moment. In the midst of a worldwide catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic, our society is grappling tooth and nail with deep-rooted, systemic racism; gender discrimination and harassment; homophobia and violence against LGBTQ individuals: inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum-seekers; surging homelessness; police violence; economic recession...
I was delightfully surprised and amazed at what two young historians, Eleni Corson and Abigail Crowley, from Boise, Idaho, submitted as a Junior Group Performance entry for National History Day 2020–a rap video about my disability rights career set to the music of Hamilton: “The Obliteration of Discrimination through Legislation: Rapping the Story of Robert Burgdorf and the Americans with Disabilities Act.”