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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 […]




Echoes of Past Discrimination

ADA News & Updates / July 15, 2020

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 with disabilities being rationed? Are […]




Rap Video About Burgdorf’s Life & Career

ADA News & Updates / July 15, 2020

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 […]