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Disability Rights and Justice Movement (redirected from Disability Justice Movement)

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Disability and Social Movements - Project Citizenship

The Disability Rights Movement is a global movement for equal opportunities and rights for people across the disability spectrum.


It includes access and safety in physical environments, buildings and transportation; “equal opportunities in independent living, employment equity, education, and housing; and freedom from discrimination, abuse, neglect, and other violations.” 








“We all have the power to create our own stories, and in particular for disability, I choose to believe that alternative techniques are equal in value to mainstream techniques, so from everything in my life from reading to public speaking I’ve found alternative techniques that allow me to access information in a different way, but that different way is equal in value to mainstream way of doing things.” 

- Haben Girma, Disability Rights Activist and first Deafblind Graduate of Harvard Law School




"Some people may have thought it was undignified for people in wheelchairs to crawl in that manner, but I felt that it was necessary to show the country what kinds of things people with disabilities have to face on a day-to-day basis. We had to be willing to fight for what we believed in."

- Michael Winter, Former Director of the Center for Independent Living, Hawaii and Berkeley, California




Disability Justice and Disability Rights


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History of the Movement


The Disability Rights Movement started in the 1960’s in the United States; encouraged by the civil rights movement.


Through nonviolent protests, sit-in’s and “silent armies” that worked behind the scenes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act were created 





               Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Overview of the ADA


               -July 26, 1990: President Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), major civil rights legislation



.                 To protect disabled Americans from discriminatory and oppressive behavior and from engaging fully as participants in society




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Multicultural Resources

  • Disability Rights and the Civil Rights Movement 





Disability History Series - National Park Service












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