When I think of the Civil Rights movement I think of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. I think of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stand in the Schoolhouse Door. I think of all the events leading up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prevents discrimination basis on race, color, religion, sex, or natural origin.
But what about civil rights for people with disabilities? Up until having Nathan, I didn’t think much about it. Did you know that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) did not go into effect until 1990? ADA is a comprehensive law that prevents discrimination and guarantees people with disabilities the same access to opportunities as all other citizens. Surprisingly this law went into place fifteen years after the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (1975), which requires public schools to provide an education to students with disabilities.
Okay, enough of the history lesson. You can learn way more from the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels than from me. This Disability Rights Museum on Wheels is coming to Austin September 28th through October 1st. That’s next week!
So if you’re local, please come downtown to check it out. It will be a good opportunity to educate yourself and your children about the fight for equal rights by people with disabilities. I’m excited to be more informed and more inspired.
Pictures and an update forthcoming.
My book, Beauty in Broken Dreams: A Hopeful Handbook for the Early Years as a Special Needs Parent, is now available on Amazon!
Also be sure to check out my list of Favorite Books on Disability!