We write letters, call our elected officials and use non-violent demonstrations to call attention to our cause.
Ghandi freed India from British rule using non-violent resistance. Dr. Martin Luther King used non-violent techniques to free blacks from the continuing discrimination like separate entrances, non-serving at lunch counters, separate bathrooms, separate drinking fountains, inability to vote).
We have the tools (Supreme Court decision Olmstead, Affordable Care Acts, Community First Option, Americans with Disabilities Act) to free our people.
Our experience leads us to believe non-violent demonstrations are the only tool remaining to show the vital seriousness of our quest to free our people.ADAPT/Utah was formed as a partner with ADAPT National in 1983 to demand lifts on busses to assure that everyone could get on a bus. We negotiated with Utah Transit Authority for 9 years and finally we took to the streets of Salt Lake City and did crawl-ons (crawl up the steps of a the bus, have someone throw the wheelchair on the bus, go down one block and get off).
We did this for two weeks, slowing down the system. We still had no serious discussions with UTA.
About three weeks later, we had a conference with friends from Idaho and Colorado and at 5 PM on a workday we stopped every bus in the city.
The UTA Board met and ordered lifts. Before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ordered all new busses to have lifts, UTA was purchasing them for every new bus they ordered.
NOTE: ADAPT originally meant “American Disabled for Accessible Public Transportation” then it became “American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today.”
Now the word ADAPT stands on its own as we adapt to new discriminatory practices.