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Product Information The Emancipation Proclamation for the Disabled

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This website provides information about the The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Visitors to this website learn about the historical events that led up to the Act, the impact of ADA and some challenges of applying ADA today. The text in the website is written in plain language and it includes videos, audio and pictures to convey the information. Sections of the website include:

•Background
•The Movement
•ADA: Turning Point
•Impact
•Moving Forward
•Conclusion
•Research

This website was created by middle school students and earned second place in the 2013 National History Day Contest, in the Junior Group Web Site division. Here is an excerpt from a news article about the website:

"In the website, 'The Emancipation Proclamation for the Disabled,' Noel Grisham Middle School students Khira Patel, Hamsini Nathan, Niti Malwade, Devika Patel and Srija Reddy argue that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was a "turning point in history, which ensured disabled citizens equal access to every aspect of society" and became a "catalyst for disability rights worldwide." The site explores the fascinating history behind the ADA, including conditions for disabled Americans prior to 1990, the movement that emerged fighting for reform and the impact of the law. Ultimately, the group concludes that the Americans with Disabilities Act represented a positive historical development, creating a 'legal foundation for continuous improvement to the lives of people with disabilities.'"


-Information obtained from browsing the "The Emancipation Proclamation for the Disabled" website on 2/16/14 (http://13379618.nhd.weebly.com); Excerpt taken from the "Not Even Past" website of the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin (http://www.notevenpast.org/websites/emancipation-proclamation-disabled)
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This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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