An exhibit at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries showcases the activities disability activists have engaged in as related to transportation, housing and community services through participating in direct action campaigns, non-violent protests and self-advocacy.
Created to announce the establishment of the Georgia Disability History Archive at the Richard Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the exhibit opened to coincide with a meeting of the Georgia Disability History Symposium. The symposium focused on the history of disability, including disability rights and justice, de-institutionalization, the power and impact of the Olmstead decision, citizen advocacy and self-advocacy, and what the future holds, 25 years after the passage of the ADA.
A collection of artifacts, media articles, stories, and historical documents will tell the entire story of Georgia’s Disability History. Topics include initiatives for education and awareness to end employment discrimination; housing and transportation accessibility; and challenges facing disabled vets to receive adequate support and healthcare.
The archive opened with collections of a dozen individuals, as well as groups including the Southeast ADA Center Collection, the Georgia Disability Community Oral History Collection and the Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia Records.