Google Celebrates 25 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act

72andSunny Took to the Steps of Washington, D.C. to Commemorate the Disabled Rights Movement

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Google and 72andSunny took an artsy approach to commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Working with artist Darren Booth, the client and agency created a series of vibrant murals gracing the steps of American monuments.

The choice of staircases is a nod to a 1990 protest called the Capitol Crawl, when activists with disabilities pulled themselves up the steps of the Capitol Building to urge the passing of the legislation into law.

Booth crafted several portraits of champions of rights for the disabled such as Claudia Gordon, Patrick Kennedy and Ed Roberts. They were then paired with quotes on equality, accessibility and education and placed on the steps of the Woodrow Wilson Plaza, the National Portrait Gallery, the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Library and others.

The quotes include one from former president George H. W. Bush from the day the act was passed on July 26, 1990: "With today's signing of the landmark Americans for Disabilities Act, every man, woman, and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence, and freedom." The act prohibited discrimination of those who have mental or physical disabiltiies.

The murals are part of Google's Impact Challenge, which "serves to organize and rally action around one issue, at a global scale, on an accelerated timeline," according to its site.

With volunteers and sign language interpreters onsite to ensure accessibility, the Washington D. C. installations were on display from July 24-27.

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Jul 28, 2015
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