Preserving American Freedom

The Evolution of American Liberties in Fifty Documents

American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD)

Co-founded on April 30, 1975, the ACCD was a coalition of local, state, and national disability organizations. Members staged demonstrations on April 5, 1977, after the Carter administration stalled in its efforts to pass regulation of, and therefore enforcement of, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. San Francisco's demonstrations gained national attention for their staying power (they lasted 25 days). ACCD, active from 1975 to 1983, was notable for being formed and governed by individuals with a variety of disabilities—a first at the time.