The Start of Something Big

33rd AnniversaryIn 1977, our three honorees helped start something big when they were part of a landmark disability rights event that began in San Francisco and ended in victory in DC. Working in concert with grassroots and government allies, they forced the issuing ofthe regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the first federal civil rights protections for persons with disabilities in the history of the United States. A precursor to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 united and ignited the disability community, mobilizing it to work with allies in the legislature and administration, and establish legal public interest watchdogs. Our honorees will talk about their respective roles in that process as elected official, citizen advocate, and policy architect, and how they have continued to do disability justice together. Join DREDF in celebrating disability rights pioneers who aren’t afraid to start something big.