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Disability Visibility Project to Record Stories for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Preserving the Stories of People with Disabilities
SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2014 — 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.
StoryCorps interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a copy of their interview. With their permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Participants can to make reservations online with StoryCorps and mention the Disability Visibility Project in the “NOTES” section of the online form so their story will be tagged for this project. Check StoryCorps’ website for more information on how to participate:https://storycorps.org/reservations/
“The Americans with Disabilities Act was a landmark civil rights law that prohibited discrimination based on disability and provided equal opportunity for millions to participate in society. As we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the ADA tomorrow, we are taking this opportunity to remember and reflect as a community on the tremendous changes we’ve experienced so far,” says Alice Wong, Project Coordinator. “The struggle for disability and human rights continues and it is important for future generations to have this history to guide them.”
About the Disability Visibility Project
The project partners with individuals and organizations to reach diverse groups within the disability community. “We believe all people are historic figures with stories that are worth sharing and preserving,” says Wong.
For more information: http://disabilityvisibilityproject.com
StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions listen to StoryCorps’ award winning broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.
For more information: http://storycorps.org
Alice Wong, Founder and Project Coordinator
Disability Visibility Project