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ADA 30th Anniversary in Tumultuous Times

The thirtieth anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act comes 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 ...
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My Top Anniversary Features

As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, here are my top anniversary features in ADAchronicles.org – the ones that I particularly recommend to commemorate this auspicious occasion. The first two stories on the STORIES & ESSAYS main menu tab, “There Oughta’ Be A Law: Discriminatory ...
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More to Come!

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 ...
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Echoes of Past Discrimination

As we examine the status and lives of people with disabilities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many questions about the safety and health of people with disabilities arise. For example: How are people with disabilities being treated? Are current healthcare policies fair and just? Is healthcare for people ...
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Rap Video About Burgdorf’s Life & Career

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: ...
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