Re­mem­ber­ing and sa­lut­ing the pi­o­neers of dis­abil­ity rights in Den­ver

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Mary Stack, Barry Noreen,

“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.

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