Disability Rights are Civil Rights
API History
Disability representation in the media
Disability Rights History
API Pioneers

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This federal law signed in 1990 prohibits discrimination of persons with disabilities and ensures equal opportunity in areas of employment, government services, commercial facilities, transportation, and communication.
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

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As of the 2010 Census, Asian Americans comprised this much of California's total state population?
What is 15% (or 5.6 million)?

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This deaf actress remains the youngest ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in the 1986 film "Children of Lesser God."
Who is Marlee Matlin?

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Born in 1947, this disability rights activist worked for the State Dept, World Bank, and co-led the San Francisco 504 sit-in in 1977.
Who is Judith Heumann?

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He was the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal for the US and later coached Greg Louganis.
Who is Sammy Lee?

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This section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits the discrimination and exclusion of qualified individuals with disabilities from any activity or program that receives federal financial assistance.
What is Section 504?

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This executive order signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the internment of Japanese Americans, German Americans, and Italian Americans.
What is Executive Order 9066?

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This DC superhero is a computer genius, information broker, wheelchair user, and director of the Birds of Prey (an all-female group of super-powered operatives).
Who is Barbara Gordon (or Oracle)?

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Born in 1939, this disability rights activist was the first student with a severe disability to attend UC Berkeley and is often referred to as the "father" of the independent living movement.
Who is Ed Roberts?

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He was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming and popularized the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing.
Who is Duke Kahanamoku?

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This portion of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that no person, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
What is Title IX?

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This WWII U.S. unit composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry earned 9,486 Purple Hearts, 8 Presidential Unit Citations, and 21 Medals of Honor.
What is the 442nd Regimental Combat Team?

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Blind since birth, this protagonist from the animated series "Avatar: The Last Airbender" is an earthbending master, one of the most powerful of her time, and the discoverer of metalbending.
Who is Toph Beifong?

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This couple embarked on a nation-wide tour to collect stories and meet other activists with disabilities and were key players in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Who is Justin and Yoshiko Dart?

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This Indian-American computer architect is the co-inventor of USB (Universal Serial Bus) technology.
Who is Ajay Bhatt?

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This federal law, originally passed in 1975, ensures that students with disabilities are provided with Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that is tailored to their individual needs.
What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?

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Signed in 1882, intended for 10 years, but made permanent in 1902, this US federal law prohibited all immigration of Chinese laborers and was not repealed until 1943.
What is the Chinese Exclusion Act?

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This groundbreaking reality TV show follows the lives of 7 young adults with Down Syndrome and is the winner of 3 Primetime Emmys.
What is Born This Way?

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This 1972 case established that all children are entitled to free public education and training appropriate to their learning capacities.
What is Mills vs. Board of Education of District of Columbia?

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This Thai-American is an Iraq War veteran that currently serves as the junior US senator for Illinois and is the first disabled woman to be elected to Congress.
Who is Tammy Duckworth?

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Passed in 1959, this powerful California law offers protections that are similar and often more potent than those available under federal counterparts, like Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
What is the California Fair Employment and Housing Act?

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This Filipino American labor organizer, also known as "Seven Fingers", was one of the leaders of the Delano grape strike, which ended with a significant victory for the United Farm Workers.
Who is Larry Itliong?

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According to a 2016 white paper from The Ruderman Family Foundation, this is the percentage of characters with disabilities that are portrayed by actors with disabilities in the top tv shows during the 2015-2016 TV season.
What is 5%?

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This is the first U.S. television show to be captioned for deaf viewers with an episode that was broadcast on October 31, 1971.
What is The French Chef hosted by Julia Child?

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She is the first Chinese-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
Who is Judy Chu?