Universal Access Flag Lap Blanket

The American flag is a powerful symbol of freedom and independence for many activist groups who wish to claim full rights as citizens . This commercially marketed lap blanket was altered by hand to include the universal access symbol made up of stitched stars. It was sewn by disability-rights advocates affiliated with ADAPT, which stands for the American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today. ADAPT was founded in 1983 in Denver.
The disability rights movement emerged after World War II as people with disabilities formed communities first through rehabilitation hospitals and special, segregated schools, then through independent living centers and later over the Internet. In comparing experiences of oppression and discrimination, people joined forces and became politically active. This lap blanket vividly conveys the message that civil rights belong to all.
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American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
overall: 129 cm x 95 cm; x 50 13/16 in x 37 3/8 in
overall: 3 in x 30 in x 28 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 76.2 cm x 72.39 cm
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Gift of Carol Jones
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National Museum of American History