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Group preserves disability stories in lead-up to 25 years of ADA

We've often written about the misconceptions that continue to swirl around Social Security Disability and disabilities in general. What we hear from too many politically motivated talking heads is that SSD is social welfare rather than social insurance. That's insurance, whereby workers' payroll taxes go into the system in order to provide coverage in the event of a disabling injury or illness.

The truth is that the SSD application process more often than not leads to a denial of benefits. First-time claimants and claimants pursuing an appeal face an exacting and lengthy vetting process, even in cases of severe disability. In other words, don't believe the talking heads when they cast aspersions on the disability community -- a community whose collective voice is badly underrepresented.

Consider, then, a new project aimed at recording the stories of everyday people living with disabilities. Consider that textbooks sorely lack these stories. And consider that with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 2015, residents of Wisconsin and Minnesota may find a chance to have their stories preserved in history.

Organizers call it the Disability Visibility Project, and across the country members of the disability community will participate. StoryCorps, which is a nonprofit group that records casual conversations for historical preservation, is a major mover in the endeavor. StoryCorps recordings can be heard on National Public Radio, and the group plans to take its mobile recording unit across the U.S. in the coming year, documenting the stories of people living with disabilities.

The collected recordings will be preserved in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and there the collection will have a distinct listing at the American Folklife Center.

You can read more about the project in the source we've linked to below.

Source: Disability Scoop, "StoryCorps Looks To Record Disability Experience," Shaun Heasley, June 16, 2014

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