ADAPT To Auction Historic Disability Rights Artifact
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 27, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC--Here is your chance to own a piece of disability rights history.
Between now and March 15, the grassroots advocacy group ADAPT will auction off its first T-shirt to the highest bidder.
This is the very first shirt made for the 1984 ADAPT action held in Washington, DC. At that time, ADAPT stood for "American Disabled for Accessible Public Transport" as the group advocated for accessible transportation. During that action, ADAPT protesters stopped traffic in front of the White House. Many of them got out of their wheelchairs and got down on the pavement on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Many disability rights activists that were involved in those early demonstrations have signed the shirt. It was displayed for a time in 2000 at the Smithsonian Institution.
The shirt also includes an affidavit verifying that it is authentic and "one of a kind".
The auction will transfer from the ADAPT website to Ebay during the final 10 days of bidding.
The initial bid was $500.
Proceeds from the auction will go to fund ADAPT's continued efforts to "free disabled folks from institutions", the web site says.
"An Auction -- The First ADAPT Disability Rights 'T" Shirt" (ADAPT)