Preserving Stories of People with Disabilities

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Record your International Experiences for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA has expanded opportunities for a generation of people with disabilities since its passage in 1990. Help us represent the diverse global experiences of the U.S. disability community by taking part in the Disability Visibility Project. This project encourages people to record and archive their unique and powerful stories with StoryCorps, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the oral history of individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs.

  • Share your study, volunteer, or internship abroad experiences and how those affected your perspective of home.
  • Speak about your involvement in disability rights activism and any efforts you have made to support disability rights movements in other countries.
  • Reflect on your connections with refugee or immigrant communities in the U.S.  

Some things to consider when thinking about your ADA story:

  • What does advocacy, disability rights, and the disability community mean to you?

  • How has the ADA impacted your life and society in general both in the U.S. and in the global view?

  • How do your cultural experiences and identities impact your disability or vice versa?

  • What does the future of disability rights and the lived experience of disability look like worldwide?

  • What can we learn across generations and across borders within our disability/Deaf community?

How to Participate

At StoryCorps recording studios in Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco (and in the StoryCorps mobile recording booth that travels from city to city throughout the United States), interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. You can also record using StoryCorps new iPhone App.

Bring someone along who can learn from your international experiences. Reflect on what these global opportunities have meant for your life and others in the broader community.

Make a reservation online with StoryCorps throughout 2015 and mention the Disability Visibility Project in the “NOTES” section of the online form to tag it for this project.

For answers to FAQs and accessibility information, contact the Disability Visibility Project.

Social media tags include @DisVisibility and @StoryCorps and @MobilityINTL and hashtag #OurADAStories

Sample Tweets:

As 25 anniversary of ADA approaches, tell your story @DisVisibility on how it opened your world #OurADAStories

Preserve stories of people with disabilities by recording your international experiences @DisVisibility @StoryCorps