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Rwandan Human Rights Attorney Applies Lessons Learned from the ADA to Forge a Path Toward Equality

The chants could be heard echoing off the historical sandstone structures. “What do we want?” “ADA!” “When do we want it?” “NOW!” On an unseasonably warm day in early spring 1990, over 1,000 protesters gathered outside the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.. They rallied in anticipation of the passage of legislation that would significantly impact them, and the world, for generations to come. The [...]

Venezuelan Athlete and Activist Finds Refuge While Continuing Her Fight for Equality

The empty suitcase sat atop her bed. The weight of the situation bore greater significance than the items she would soon pack. Having lost hope in the concepts of home and belonging, and fearing for her safety, she was forced to seek refuge elsewhere. Facing the most difficult decision of her life, Mercedes Gomez packed up her life’s possessions and, together with her husband [...]

Expanding Lessons Learned from The Ada Worldwide

July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is arguably one of the most influential pieces of federal legislation. The ADA transformed public spaces in the United States by providing accessibility and helped spark changes in public attitudes toward persons with disabilities. In celebration of this law, the University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, & Society (UT) is [...]

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