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It's Our Story National Launch at National Press Club, Washington DC - (AbilityMagazine)

Aug 21, 2009

"On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)—the world's first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. Now 19 years later the law still resonates with a powerful history and that is impacting everything from the Healthcare bill and Justice Sotomyer's nomination, to the race for the American presidency. On the eve of the 19th Anniversary of the ADA a broad coalition of organizations—representing the 54 million Americans with disabilities—will launch the 'It's Our Story' national initiative. 'It's Our Story' is a video oral history project that uncovers the power, pride, and personal struggles of living with a disability. The 'It's Our Story' initiative is the most ambitious and holds the most comprehensive history of this unique civil rights struggle,' said Judith Heumann, Director of the Department of Disability Services for the District of Columbia and one of the most illustrious leaders of the disability community. Scott
Cooper, the project's director, states that, 'at the project's core lie over 6000 testimonies of what is was like, is and should be like to live with a disability in America'."

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