Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections
Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities:
70 Years of Dole Leadership
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Celebrating Opportunity for People with Disabilities: 70 Years of Dole Leadership is dedicated to stories from Dole’s decades-long advocacy for people with disabilities, featuring documents from the Dole Archives.

This exhibit is part of the Dole Institute’s special series commemorateADA, recognizing the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole’s important role in the passage of this legislation.

The passage of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act is a milestone in Senator Dole’s career, but it is just one of many ways Dole has advocated for people with disabilities. By focusing on documents from the Dole Archives, this exhibit gives a glimpse into his perspective and the nature of his leadership, at the national level and over time.

This exhibit was created by staff of the Dole Archives at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, with the help of many others in the KU community. Of particular note, Ray Mizumura-Pence, disability history specialist and lecturer in KU’s Department of American Studies, contributed extensively to the project’s development. Audrey Coleman, Senior Archivist at the Dole Archives, managed the project and oversaw the research and writing of the exhibit text. Sarah D’Antonio, Archivist at the Dole Archives, coordinated research and reference services.The website was developed by Erin Wolfe, Digital Archivist at the Dole Archives. The KU Council for Social Studies designed accompanying instructional materials for middle and high school teachers.

The Dole Institute is a proud partner of The ADA Legacy Project. Learn more at Legacy Project logo

The commemorateADA project was made possible with the generous support of General Electric Company.GE logo

Audio Narration

As a service for the visually impaired, the Kansas Audio-Reader Network has provided audio narration and description for the physical exhibit that is housed at the Dole Institute of Politics.

If you would like to hear the audio narration, please use the links below. Please note that, while the content is similar to that found on the web exhibit, the layout may differ, and there may be other small changes.

Audio narration for Section 1


Audio narration for Section 2
A Vision for Change on the National Stage


Audio narration for Section 3
Disability Rights are Civil Rights


Audio narration for Section 4
Advocating Independence and Engagement


Audio narration for Section 5
Voices and Allies


Audio narration for Section 6
Working Toward the ADA


Audio narration for Section 7
Influencing International Dialogues on Disabilty Rights


Audio narration for Section 8
New Law, New Context, New Challenges


Audio narration for Section 9
A Remarkable “Retirement”


Audio narration for Section 10
Inspiration From the Past For Change in the Future


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The Kansas Audio-Reader Network is a reading and information service for blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri.

To learn more about the Kansas Audio-Reader Network, please visit their website at

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