More Than Three Dozen Protesters Arrested at D.C. Disability Protest

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Lesson Title

More Than Three Dozen Protesters Arrested at D.C. Disability Protest

Video title, link and release date

 More Than Three Dozen Protesters Arrested at D.C. Disability Protest, May 31, 2013

Video Length

Two minutes, Forty-eight seconds

Grade Level

High school


  •  In April 2013,around 40 members of the disability rights organization ADAPT staged a protest outside of the White House gates in objection to President Obama’s handling of disability issues in his first term in office.
  •  The rallies hit a frustrating roadblock when around three dozen protesters were arrested by D.C. police.
  •  ADAPT released a platform statement entitled Platform for Change which lays out the organizations hopes for Obama’s second term and the future of disability legislation in general.
  •  The same week as the protests, ADAPT also met with representatives from the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division to talk about their goals.

Review Questions

1. What does ADAPT point to specifically as a failure of President Obama’s first term?


2. What issue does the Platform for Change address?


3. What legislation ensures that people with disabilities can live in the most integrated setting according to their needs?


Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Research the ADAPT organization. What is their primary area of advocacy? What other landmark disability rights events have they participated in?

What do you want to know more about?

Will is the editor for the Galaxy Awareness and History pages as well as one of our pollsters. He is a sophomore at Seattle University majoring in philosophy. His home is La Crosse Wisconsin.