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.

Associated Name: Jones, CarolMaker: American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: FlagsDisabilities


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Credit Line: Gift of Carol Jones

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0317.01Accession Number: 2002.0317Catalog Number: 2002.0317.01

Object Name: lap blanketdisability awareness

Physical Description: cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 129 cm x 95 cm; x 50 13/16 in x 37 3/8 inoverall: 3 in x 30 in x 28 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 76.2 cm x 72.39 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-e445-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1027672

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