Alec Vachon meeting with disability leaders, 1995
The Dole Archives is home to a wealth of research material on disability legislation from the latter part of the 20th century. As part of the commemorateADA project, the Dole Archives is making available over 12,000 pages of documents digitized from our manuscript collections, the vast majority of which are directly related to The Americans with Disabilities Act.
One collection that is particularly well-represented here is the Alec Vachon Papers. Alec Vachon was Senator Dole’s Legislative Assistant for disability issues from 1993-1995. In this capacity, Dr. Vachon informed Senator Dole on current events and trends regarding Disability Rights policy and legislation and also acted as the Senator’s liaison to various research associations and Disability Rights advocates. The majority of the collection consists of office correspondence and memoranda from Vachon updating Senator Dole on a variety of topics relating to current trends and issues experienced within the disabled community. You can read more about Alec Vachon and his collection on our finding aid: http://dolearchivecollections.ku.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=54
Also included here is a selection of speeches given by Bob Dole to groups working on behalf of persons with disabilities. In addition, we have scanned in their entirety 93 folders from the Dole collections that directly relate to the ADA.
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