How the ADA Improved the Lives of Denver's Disability Community
The Emmy-nominated “30 Years Later: How the ADA enabled Denver’s Disability Community to ‘Boldly Go Where Everyone Else Has Gone Before’” tells the story of how, on July 5, 1978, a group of men and women known as the "Gang of 19" blocked buses owned by the Regional Transportation District in Denver’s busiest intersection to call attention to the need for adequate wheelchair-accessible transit. The action was among those nationwide that eventually led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
To mark the anniversary of its passage, in 2020 our office highlighted the impact the ADA has had on the disability community and the role Denver activists played in fighting for the civil rights of people living with disabilities. Our team conducted virtual and socially distant interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic and also coordinated with both hearing and native sign language interpreters to ensure the video’s accessibility. At a time when celebrations were virtual and meaningful moments could not be shared in person, this piece served to honor those who fought for equal rights for all while also addressing work that continues today.
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