Dole Institute ADA program features Hodgesmith

Dole Institute ADA program features Hodgesmith

Karen Salisbury Henry

The Dole Institute of Politics is sponsoring a special exhibit to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ADA and the critical role played by Kansas Senator Bob Dole in the legislation.

“Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities: 70 Years of Dole Leadership” opened July 26 with a reception and program that featured Martha Hodgesmith, associate director of the Research and Training Center on Independent Living.  She spoke about the work of Kansas disability advocates and supporters who, with Senator Dole, forged a groundbreaking partnership that transcended party politics.

Ray Mizumura-Pence, formerly with the Beach Center on Disability and now a disability history specialist and lecturer in American Studies at KU, worked on the creation of the exhibit and also spoke at the opening. 

The free exhibition continues through the fall semester at the Dole Institute. The exhibition also is available online via the Dole archives and includes more than 10,000 digitized documents pertaining to the ADA.