Disability Rights Featured in Civil Rights Center

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which celebrated its grand opening June 23, 2014, featured content provided by The ADA Legacy Project on the disability rights movement
Advocates attend grand opening for NCCHR

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights celebrated its grand opening on Monday, June 23rd, 2014. A partner of The ADA Legacy Project, the Center featured historicl content on the disability rights movement written by members of our Preservation Work Group. The content includes:

  • a "Who, Like Me, Is Threatened?" virtual exhibit featuring a profile of a Russian disability rights activist;
  • a "Defender of Human Rights Pylon" featuring Bob Kafka, a longtime ADAPT member and disability rights activist - the pylon includes a life-size portrait of Bob taken by legendary photographer Platon, plus a video interview and description of Bob's involvement in the disablity rights movement;
  • a "Human Rights in the U.S." wall display that includes a description of the disablity rights movement in the United States and photograph of the Gallaudet University "Deaf President Now"  protest from 1988; and
  • a "Human Rights In Depth" virtual display on the ADA and the movement that led to its passage.

Eleanor Smith and Becky Ramage-Tuttle pictured with Bob Kafka's Defender Pylon

The ADA Legacy Project wants to thank the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for being willing to allow advocates to guide exhibit content on the disability rights movement. We also want to thank the members of the work group who worked so hard to ensure these exhibits represented the movement, its meaning, and its accomplishments: Becky Ramage-Tuttle and Eleanor Smith (co-chairs), Kelly Buckland, and Lynnae Ruttledge.