The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law only 33 years ago on 26 July 1990, codifying civil rights protections for people with disabilities and prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. For information regarding Accessibility at MSU Denver, please reference the MSU Denver’s Accessibility philosophy and statement.


The MSU Denver community already has changemakers actively making MSU Denver more accessible. Here are just a few:

Local Links:

The Denver Metro area has been a hub for disability rights for several decades. Learn more about the local accessibility community through the links below:

The Atlantis Community, established in Denver in 1975, states their core philosophy as: “people with disabilities should have just as much say in and control over their lives as their non-disabled peers.” Guiding people with disabilities to determine and achieve their own goals is a core focus of Atlantis. On 5 July 1978, Atlantis organized what became known as the Denver Gang of 19 protest where 19 protesters who used wheelchairs blocked two RTD busses for 24 hours, snarling traffic and bringing public and media attention to the severe lack of wheelchair-accessible public transportation. RTD eventually agreed to retrofit a third of the bus fleet with lifts. However, public transportation was not included as part of essential rights until Title II of the ADA 12 years after the Gang of 19 protest.

ADAPT (American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today), a nationwide disability rights organization, started as an offshoot from the Denver Gang of 19 and the Atlantis Community. Originally called Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit, the organization now pushes for disability rights in various aspects of public and private living.

Continuing the Fight

Unfortunately, the rights established in the ADA are still not guaranteed. Much of society is still closed to people with disabilities. The following list is just a few of the barriers people with disabilities encounter

Proactive Accessibility

The CTLD encourages faculty to take a proactive approach to accessibility where accessibility is built into all aspects of courses from the ground up. It is much easier to start with an accessible design than to have to go back later and remediate inaccessible course elements.

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