Programs

We are committed to working locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as an information and knowledge resource to help people with disabilities develop and deliver their unified message.

In 1992, our organization deployed ADAnet, an international distributed computer network serving the interests of people with disabilities. Our organization created many of the disability newsgroups which are still in use today.

In those early days we were the mechanism used in many cases to get both the law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, into the hands of actual people with disabilties, but by enlarging the number of what are disability-centric newsgroups from around 20 in 1992 to over 135 in 1997, we were able to have broad impact in the early commentary on this landmark legislation for the United States.

In 1997, our original project became so large that we decentralized our operation and began concentrating on the internet as a unifying technology. In part, serving informational needs of people with disabilities in over 36 countries, the burden was just vast enough to be well-served by the newsgroups support through the internet.

From 1997 through 2007 we answered as many emails as we could and began developing a network of specialists that we could refer questions to which might stump us. Poverty in Disability as well as violence against people with disabilities has been on the increase in the United States, but the same patterns do not seem to apply in Canada. In Latin America, while still developing, they are following a model similar to other nations and to the degree practical protect the rights of people with disabilities.

In 2007, we began a survey of disability in the Americas, based on the premise that by studying diversity, we could improve conditions in the Americas by highlighting what clearly works and what does not for people with disabilities, and to develop markers by region as to what constituted architectural barrier awareness and poverty in our culture in the Americas.

In 2008, when the United States would not allow the filmmaker that was documenting our survey to enter, we ceased work on the film: Disability in the Americas. We are hopeful that one day this important work may be completed using the lives of common people with disabilities to tell the story of having a disability in their region.

In 2010, we again worked as a national partner to the US Census Bureau consulting on mobile disabled populations secondary to the depression, the depression's disparate impact on the lives of average people with disabilities, and continue as a Partner to the Special Victims Unit at the Department of Justice.

Through our work with national partners from many nations, we are unique in our ability to participate in the Image Discrimination campaign for people with disabilities in Montreal Canada and transplant their campaign to other nations to change the face of disability in the Americas, making safer lives for everyone through research, education and training regarding image-directed violence and the ways available to defeat it.

We strongly believe that by telling the story of disability on the American continent in our documentary, Disability in the Americas, with very little time we can and will educate large numbers of peope regarding our issues, and others we have yet to identify.

Over the past twenty years we have been an informational beacon to the world on disability and policy, and through our corporate partners, public sector support in our work, and yes, help from people just like you will will continue our struggle to tell our stories to positive effect around our world.

We welcome the involvement of other media in telling our story. We welcome your donations, through the link below, in support of our work.

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We must not allow anybody to make us feel that we are born to live in poverty and deprivation, we must make it clear: we are going to live in dignity and honor.
-- Martin Luther King
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