American Association of People with Disabilities records
7.0 Linear feet
1993-2014 (bulk 2002-2010)
This collection, ranging from 1993 to 2014, consists of an array of materials, including correspondence, scattered administrative materials, legal documentation, audio-visual cassettes, computer files, ephemera, and a few artifacts, all of which were issued by or are associated with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the largest cross-disability membership organization in the United States. AAPD was founded in 1995 by five leaders from the diasability community, Justin Sylvia Walker, Paul Hearne, John D. Kemp, and I. King Jordan, all of whom were instrumental in advocating, drafting and passing the landmark civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The bulk of the materials gathered here represent AAPD's continuing advocacy for the equal rights of the disability community, and are mainly associated with James C. Dickson, a prominent leader in the disability community, who was Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and a Brown University graduate (class of 1968).
These papers document James C. Dickson's career as an activist and organizer for disabled individuals and the founding and development of the American Association of People with Disabilities. It includes materials Dickson used in his efforts to insure the voting rights of disabled persons and their access to polling places, especially in the VOTE!2000 Campaign. Later materials cover electronic voting issues and the lead in to the 2008 presidential election. The collection also contains documentation of other organizing efforts involving the rights of children, especially children with disabilities, and the medical care of the elderly and people with disabilities. Extensive additions to the collection include material on the development of the American Association of People with Disabilities and the organization's involvement with voting issues, as well as Dickson's attempt to sail across the Atlantic.