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Partners Helping Preserve
ADAPT provides photographs and other historical materials from its decades of actions to advocate for the civil rights of people with disabilities.
The Disability Visibility Project is a yearlong grassroots campaign to document the stories of people with disabilities in celebration of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015. In partnership with StoryCorps, the national oral history organization, Disability Visibility Project encourages people to record and archive their unique and powerful stories at StoryCorps’ recording studios in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and in StoryCorps’ mobile recording booth that travels from city to city throughout the United States.
“The Dole Institute of Politics announces the opening of the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections exhibit entitled, “Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities: 70 years of Dole Leadership.” The exhibit is the kick-off event to the Dole Institute’s special series, “commemorateADA,” recognizing the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Senator Dole’s important role in this legislation. The exhibit opening will take place July 26th, 2015 in Simons Media Room at the Dole Institute of Politics. There will be an open house reception from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and a brief speaking program at 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and the public is invited. “Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities: 70 years of Dole Leadership” is dedicated to stories from Senator Bob Dole’s decades-long advocacy for people with disabilities, featuring documents from the Dole Archives. “commemorateADA” begins with the exhibit opening, and will continue through the fall semester. It will include a series of free public programs with special guest speakers, the ongoing archives exhibit, online collections components and grant-funded research. “commemorateADA” is made possible by the generous sponsorship of General Electric (GE). The Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections at the Dole Institute of Politics is home to one of the nation’s largest collections of papers and artifacts for a nonpresidential politician. It contains the complete records of Dole’s political and post-political career, including manuscripts, photographs, audio-visual material, oral histories, textiles, and artifacts. The collection is a window to the legislative process as well as a resource for Kansas history and a chronicle of late 20th century history and popular culture. www.dolearchives.ku.edu. The Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting public service, civic engagement and politics. It is located on KU’s west campus and, in addition to the Archive & Special Collections, offers programming with world-renowned guest speakers on a variety of topics that intersect politics, as well as opportunities for students of all ages. www.doleinstitute.org.”
The Ed Roberts Campus is planning exhibits and events to celebrate disability history and commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA in 2015.
Fred Pelka is the author of What We Have Done, a book that tells the story of the disability rights movement from the point of view of the activists who were involved.