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What are the ADA Stories from Indiana?


The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community's Center on Aging and Community collected stories about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from the perspective of Hoosiers for the 20th Anniversary.

It's Indiana History ...

There is a wide range of experiences featured in these stories, from early advocates recalling the years before and after the passage of the ADA, to new advocates talking about what the ADA means to them and their community.

  • Do you "pre-date" the ADA? Listen to Ed Bell talk about what it was like "before" the ADA and how the ADA turn him into a "producer."
  • Did you know Justin Dart visited Indiana to raise awareness about the ADA? Listen to Ric Edwards talk [2:28] about meeting Justin Dart for the first time.
  • Learn about early advocacy work for the ADA from a Hoosier perspective. Listen to Nancy Griffin talk about the "ADA Training Network."
  • The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) trainings that occurred in the years after the passage of the ADA. Listen to Karen Vaughn talk about DREDF trainings.
  • How advocates learned about (and learned) the ADA. Listen to Betty Williams on learning about the ADA.
  • Recalling the evolution of the ADA and what happened in Indiana - Listen to Christine Dahlberg from the Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities)
    • She mentions Toward Independence from the National Council on Disability.
    • Everything was done via broadcast faxes and phone calls. As Ms. Dahlberg mentioned ... 'this was way before the Internet."
    • She received a "redline" copy of the ADA.

Watch the ADA Stories from Indiana on YouTube.

Visit the Indiana Disability History Project website for more stories from Hoosiers on various disability topics.

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