Remembering and saluting the pioneers of disability rights in Denver
“Arrests are almost like merit badges; Meet the disabled activists from Denver who changed a nation,” July 5 news story.
Thank you for your articles about ADAPT and the history of disability-rights activism in Denver. In 1978 we were living in Greeley and were learning that our second child had a mild form of cerebral palsy. She now lives in Portland, Ore., and uses the city’s transportation system as she gets around town in her power chair. She recently visited us in Greeley and used our city’s transportation system to get everywhere.
I have known of the challenges that the disabled face but never knew that the gains they made started just down road from us in Denver.
There is still more to do. Our daughter is active in disability-rights groups in Portland and demanded that the city’s new bike-share program provide bikes for disabled. After a year, the city of Portland has complied. We all salute the brave people of Denver in 1978. ●●●
When we have a president who routinely celebrates violence, especially as a response to dissent, it was refreshing to read about the non-violent protest history of ADAPT.
Congratulations to our wheelchair heroes, and thanks to Danika Worthington and The Denver Post for the coverage.