Who's behind Freedom Clearinghouse?
Who took all the photos?
Some of the people and national groups who have given their blessings
to the Clearinghouse:
DIMENET provides the internet
server to run the Freedom Clearinghouse website.
To give your organization's blessing to the Freedom Clearinghouse
effort, CHECK THAT BOX ON THE SIGNUP PAGE.
1999, the Smithsonian Museum asked for and received Justin Dart,
Jr.'s trademark cowboy hat and boots, his pen with which President
George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the
Presidential Medal of Freedom with which he was honored in 1998.
Born in 1930, Dart contracted polio at the age of 18. He founded
two small businesses, one of which grew to 26,000 employees and
sales representatives. He is married to Yoshiko Saji Dart. Read
Justin Dart on heroism.
the age of 46, Gwin was struck by a drunk driver. She woke up three
weeks later in a nursing home. After her escape, she founded Mouth
magazine, "where I'm not allowed to tell a lie." Mouth
is a non-profit kitchen-table operation.
founding partner in the Freedom Clearinghouse was Mary Johnson,
editor of Ragged Edge,
the original disability rights magazine. Johnson, not pictured
here, set up and ran the Clearinghouse website from her own kitchen
table in Louisville, Kentucky, until bowing out earlier this year.
About the photographer
Almost all the photos on this site were taken by Tom
Olin, a photojournalist who's been recording the activism of the
disability rights movement for over a decade.
Who are these people? What do they want?
Lying in the road, chained to a wheelchair, blocking
traffic on the main drag in Baltimore, Maryland, what did this man hope
shown here is nursing home survivor, one of hundreds of members of ADAPT
who, for two days in the autumn of 1991, blocked the doorways and driveways
and underground parking garages of the ten-block-square national headquarters
of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) in Baltimore, Maryland.
is a national organization of disability rights activists, people with
little or no money at all who practice civil disobedience to effect
social change. (The name "ADAPT" stands for "American Disabled for Attendant
Programs Today.") They don't seem to have a boss of any kind. And they
don't have a national headquarters, but they do have people power. And
they want to live in their own homes, not in nursing homes.
Clearinghouse is a project of
Free Hand Press, publisher
of Mouth magazine
Cliffwood Organic Works.
Website hosted by DIMENET.
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