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ADA 30th Anniversary in Tumultuous Times

30th Anniversary / July 20, 2020

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 treatment of immigrants and asylum-seekers; […]

My Top Anniversary Features

30th Anniversary / July 17, 2020

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 Short-Circuit of Summer Job” and […]

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 make my objective a reality […]

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 […]