Storyville

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Justin Dart: Well, I always believed in fighting for civil rights. I have done that since I was 20 years old. I'm proud of tens of thousands of people who fought their hearts out for the first civil rights law in the history of the world for people with disabilities. Nobody is going to give us rights. We are going to take rights.

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Patty McGill Smith: The organization that I have been a part of for the past ten years is the National Parent Network on Disabilities.

Jane Smith: My mom did, like, different things for kids with having disabilities.

Patty: People who have children with disabilities have a whole series of things that they go through that they need to have help with.

Jane: Yes, she did a good job.

Patty: How do you change the world? Sometimes one person at a time.

Jane: I was so proud of you, Mom.

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Jane Smith: I like my job, and it was a great opportunity to have this job. My bookmark business I'm doing now is doing great. I have my own savings account there so I don't need Mom's assistance, so I'm doing my own money and budgeting and doing everything. Now I'm 30 years old and I want to be independent.

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Brad Johnson: I'm always walking around with a smile on my face. I'm usually happy but if they ignore the smile, they ignore the words that I've said to them that my life has been even more enriched after my accident, after I've become disabled, they ignore all that and just see the disability, see me as an individual, not as a disabled individual.

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Jim Dickson: People with disabilities are the sleeping giant of American politics. When we all vote, we will change the shape of American politics because we will take disability out of the closet, out of the back room, and put it in the forefront of our nation's business.

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Becky Ogle: Employment is a major issue amongst people with disabilities. The one thing that work does for all of us is give us dignity. We want to open doors so people can achieve. Reality is that the American dream is accessible to all. The day when people with disabilities can be fully included in society and that's not just lip service is what I dream of and what I work for.

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Claudia Gordon: I recently graduated from law school to become the first black deaf woman lawyer. People say, "It's amazing you have overcome your disability." What I have done is overcome the superficial barriers created by society.

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Pat Wright: Civil rights are just laws. They're words on a piece of paper. It is up to us as disabled individuals around this world to take those words and make them a reality. I believe that I have the right to participate in government, in my community, in education. I believe that I am a citizen.

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Kyle Glozier: [Talking through computer] Everybody needs talk – everybody needs to talk. Because everybody has something to say.

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Sarah Reinertsen: My name is Sarah. And I'm a journalist, I'm a producer, I'm a – an athlete. I'm a woman. I'm a lot of things. How fast can I do a marathon in? Can I do a triathlon? Or maybe I could do the Ironman. The possibilities are endless, really.

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