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Earlier this year, five 7th grade students from Grisham Middle School in Austin, Texas participated in the National History Day competition. For their project, the students chose to focus on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Their project - a website titled "The Emancipation Proclamation for the Disabled" - placed first in their region, then went on to win second place at the national level. The following story was written by the five students: Khira Patel, Niti Malwade, Hamsini Nathan, Srija Reddy, and Devika Patel.

On Tuesday, July 23rd during the 6:30 pm City Commission meeting, City of Lawrence Mayor Michael Dever issued a proclamation in celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Independence, Inc. (the local Independent Living Center), along with area disability rights advocates, joined the City Commission in recognizing the milestone and recommitting to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.

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What are you doing to educate the next generation of disability advocates? How are you educating the public and raising awareness about disability history, contributions, and issues? How has the ADA made a difference in your life? We'd love to hear your story! Share it with us!

How are you preserving disability history in your community? How are you telling the story of the events that led to passage of the ADA? Share your story!

We want to hear about the events and initiatives in your community! How are you celebrating important milestones in disability history? What are you doing to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA in 2015? Share your story with us!