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The ADA Legacy Project at UNC-CH is looking for people to tell their stories!!

How has your life been affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Why is the struggle for disability rights important to you?

Has the struggle for disability rights gotten easier since the passing of the ADA? What changed, and what stayed the same? What challenges remain?

Whether you are a person with a disability, a family member to a person with a disability, or someone who thinks about the ADA or disability rights as a part of your job, we want to hear from you!!


SIGN-UP TO TELL YOUR STORY!capitol steps crawl

Click on the link above to enter your contact information and a little about yourself. The project coordinators will get in touch to set up a time for an interview.

Interviews for the spring 2014 project have already been conducted. You can still sign up to be interviewed when the project continues in the spring of 2015.



Q: If I decide to tell my story as part of the ADA Legacy Project at UNC-CH, what will happen?

A: If you decide that you want your story to be a part of this web archive, you have two options. You can either send us an email with a typed version of your story to be added to the website, or, you can sign up to be interviewed. Or, you can do both! Sign up here.

Q: What happens if I sign-up to be interviewed?

A: If you sign-up to be interviewed, you will be matched with a pair of undergraduate students who will conduct your interview. They will contact you based on the information that you provide, and ask you to set up a time to meet in person, probably in February or March of 2014. The students will be trained by the instructors who have experience working with  and interviewing people with a range of disabilities. When you meet in person, the students will record whatever stories that you want to tell, and ask you questions to make sure they get the whole story. You can decide if you want to be recorded on video or just voice. The students will work on your interview so that it can go up on the website. They’ll check back in with you to show you how they’ve prepared your story for the website. They will summarize some sections of your story, and leave other sections in your own words. When you say okay, they’ll add it to the website.  The website will be ready in May 2014.

Q: How long will the interview take?

A: The interview will take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on how much you want to share (and how fast you talk!).

Q: Where will the interview be?

A: The student interviewers can do the interview at a time and place that is convenient for you. It needs to be in a place without a lot of background noise so that they can make a recording. It could be in your home or office, on the UNC Campus, or at another place that you arrange.

Q: How long will the whole process take?

A: Once you sign-up to be interviewed, you will have to communicate with interviewers to set up a time to be interviewed. Then you will be interviewed. Then your interviewers will get back in touch a few weeks later, and ask you to check the work that they did to prepare your story for the website (this will probably take you a couple of hours). Once you give the thumbs up and let the student interviewers know you’re happy with with the results, they will put it up on the website. All together, you might spend 5 hours on this between when you sign up and the first week of May, 2014.

Q: Will I make any money for this?

A: Participating in the ADA Legacy Project at UNC-CH is voluntary – no one can make you do it, and you only do it as a volunteer, if you want to. We will not be able to pay people who share their stories. You will not make any money.

Q: Who gets to see and listen to my interview if I do sign up?

A: The original version of your interview is private, and will only be shared with you, the students, and the project coordinators. The final version that you approve for the website will be public and anyone can access it.

The students who interview you will transcribe, or type up, all of the interview as accurately as possible. Then they will share the typed version with the project coordinators (the instructor and graduate research consultant) and with the other students in the class. With help from the project coordinators and their classmates, the students will get back in touch with you. They will share with you an edited version of your interview that is ready to be posted online. They will summarize some sections of your story, and leave other sections in your own words. You can read this version, and make suggestions or tell students to change parts. It will only go online once you are happy with it.

Q: Is this project research?  What happens to the stories that I share?

A: This is complicated to explain, but we have to use certain words, and we have to answer this question in a certain way. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill considers this project to be primarily a student project. It is not considered research in the terms of the Institutional Review Board – a special committee that make sure people won’t be hurt by research (meaning that human subjects will be asked to do something that could be potentially harmful in order to contribute to systematic knowledge). Still, the project involves asking private people to share stories from their lives in a public forum (the internet). The project coordinators are committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethics.

What you need to know is this: Students will be trained to respect the stories and the people who participate in the project. People who share their stories have the right to stop participating, or to withdraw their stories at any time. Once the stories are posted on the website, they will be fully public. That means that anyone can see them or listen to them. The goal of the project is to share the stories, so the project coordinators will work to publicize the website, and to link it to the national ADA Legacy Project.

Q: How do I submit something that I’ve already written or made to the website?

A: You can use the sign-up form to tell us that you want to submit something, and a project coordinator will contact you.

Q: I have more questions about this project. Who do I contact?

A: Please email the project coordinators, Lauren Fordyce, PhD ( and Cassandra Hartblay, MA ( You can also call and leave a message at 919-619-8623.