button, 504 with hands

Description (Brief)
Pin-back buttons serve many purposes. They are efficient advertising vehicles, handy for fund-raising in support of a cause, concise statements of a person’s beliefs, a form of educational outreach, and convenient ice-breakers for conversation. NMAH has several hundred pin-back buttons related to disability, including this one about protecting Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Before the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 provided the core of legal protection for most people with disabilities. Disability activists organized protests and sit-ins to pressure the government into signing the regulations needed to implement the law. Joseph A. Califano, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare signed the regulations in 1977.
Currently not on view
Object Name
disability awareness
date made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 1 11/16 in x 2 3/8 in x 7/16 in; 4.28625 cm x 6.0325 cm x 1.11125 cm
overall: 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in; .9525 cm x 6.0325 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
gift of Janine Kemp Bertram

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