Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Justin Dart, Jr. Legend in Disabilities Advocacy

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Justin Dart, Jr. Legend in Disabilities Advocacy

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Best known as the father of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Justin Dart, Jr. recently passed away at age 71.

Dart was a great supporter of people with disabilities in America and around the world, and worked for more than fifty years to improve awareness and relevant legislation. He is credited with having a significant role in enacting the ADA which was signed into law by President Bush in 1990.

Born in Chicago in 1930, Dart's advocacy began shortly after he contracted polio at age 18 and became wheelchair-dependent. Passionate about civil rights for many groups, he organized an "integration club" at the University of Houston and continued to support rights for women, gays, lesbians and people of all races throughout his career.

Dart was also an entrepreneur, and founded three successful corporations. One of them, Japan Tupperware, Ltd., grew from four employees to 25,000 within the first two years of its existence. Dart used his corporate ability to support his political beliefs by employing women and people with disabilities when others would not.

The list of awards that Dart has received over the years is pages long. …

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