Independent Living

You Really Need To Know About ADAPT

You Really Need To Know About ADAPT

Ask someone who ADAPT is and odds are they won't know. This is really quite a shame. Because ADAPT is one of the strongest and most brave activist organizations that you will ever meet. ADAPT is a grassroots disability rights organization with chapters in 30 states. It uses nonviolent direct action in order to bring attention and awareness to the lack of civil rights the disability community has. In fact, they advocate for millions of people who could never begin to appreciate the personal, physical and financial sacrifices they make in public acts of civil disobedience, wherein many times they are fined, prosecuted and jailed.

Remember seeing all the news reports last summer of protests in Washington DC prior to the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act? Many of those disabled men and women were members of ADAPT.

What is an independent living center?

What is an independent living center?

In learning about SVILC I became engaged with the disability community in a way I never had prior. I met many disabled people, leaders in our civil rights movement, and became exposed to a disabled history and culture that I never knew existed. I volunteered for several months with SVILC and then eventually was hired part-time as their marketing and communications specialist. Shortly after leaving SVILC I was invited to serve on the Board for the Center of Independence for Individuals With Disabilities (CID) which serves people one county north of SVILC. I've been on the CID Board for going on five years now. It is some of the most fun and rewarding work I have ever done in my life.