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OUR STORY

WHO WE ARE

DISABLED RIGHTS ACTION COMMITTEE

The Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) was organized in 1993 as a grassroots organization of activists who fight for the civil rights of people with disabilities in the state of Utah. Today, we are committed to the goal of assuring the rights of people with disabilities in our state.

WHAT WE DO

MISSION

The Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) works to establish equal rights for people with disabilities through enforcement of federal and state laws, including the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). DRAC advocates for legislative action and other measures to improve these rights, including care, treatment, housing, and accessibility.

HISTORY

DRAC first organized around the issue of accessible transportation. In the 1990s, DRAC worked to persuade local transit authorities to provide lifts on busses. Transit officials were initially so opposed to this idea that they locked the lifts included on new busses so that riders with disabilities couldn’t access them. With the help of ADAPT, a national grassroots disability group, we were able to help change the hearts and minds of UTA officials by having people with mobility impairments crawl on to busses at every stop, thereby disrupting their schedules and demonstrating the need for accessible public transportation.

VISION

In more recent years, we have focused on helping people with disabilities avoid unnecessary institutionalization. We have fought for the rights of Utahns to access affordable and accessible integrated housing, often by helping to enforce the Federal Fair Housing Act. In keeping with a commitment to full community integration, we have ensured that businesses, government entities and services, entertainment venues, and restaurants are fully accessible and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

HELP US MAKE UTAH A BETTER PLACE FOR FOLKS WITH DISABILITIES