Justin Dart Jr. actively promoted the ADA as he came to the conclusion that the ADA was needed to get equality and jobs for all people. Dart’s work took him to every state, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Washington D.C.
During this time, Justin Dart and the disability community organized to protest and would write letters. The most famous of these protests was the Capital Crawl when people with disabilities actually crawled up the 83 stone US capitol steps in support of passing the act. Because of his hard work and encouragement, he is known as the father of the ADA.
You may look back and think Justin Dart was great, but, 26 years is a long time since then. This is true. Just note that the Americans with Disabilities Act may need updates to help you today. You could get involved. The size of your activism doesn’t matter. I encourage you to be aware of events and groups around you. Groups like Michigan ADAPT and other groups, organize protests and letter writing.
While the passage of the ADA is in the past, the need to be heard is always here. Issues don’t need to be big. For example, just the other month I went to a CATA advisory meeting with Laura Hall to discuss issues that were important to us. The need to be heard is always here and we were proud to be heard.