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Remembering Justin…

In honor of Justin Dart Jr.’s upcoming 84th birthday on August 29, 2014, here are a few items on the site you may want to share with your networks.

Farewell Speech by Justin Dart Jr.

Graphic for Justin Dart Jr Farewell Speech - featuring photos of Justin with Yoshiko and leading the NCIL MarchMr. Dart’s final message to the disability rights community, narrated by the late Max Starkloff (5 minutes)

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A Vote for Justice

Between 1986 and 1990, Justin Dart Jr. made multiple trips to all 50 United States, eager to document the ongoing struggles of people with disabilities to assert their civil rights.

By bringing these impassioned testimonies before Congress, Dart effectively convinced policy-makers of the need for legal protection of the rights of people with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was born.

To date, more than 150 people have helped bring the voices residing in the It’s Our Story archives one step closer to being published in an “accessible to all” format.

View your state’s contributions and consider transcribing a document or two to be published for the 25th Anniversary of the ADA on July 26, 2015.

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The 1% ADA 25 Campaign

Beginning on Justin’s birthday, new video vignettes will be released every few days via the It’s Our Story Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube Channel.

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As part of the It’s Our Story project tireless effort to share and expand the stories of people with disabilities across the United States and the world, It’s Our Story aims to publish 1,000 minutes of some of its most memorable footage on July 26, 2015 — the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On July 26, 2014, The It’s Our Story (IOS) project debuted a new mobile-friendly site that introduces users to thousands of resources, links, and culture. Please take a few moments to experience the power, passion, and pride of our abilities.

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