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Recording Stories of People with Disabilities: StoryCorps Project Coming to St. Louis

  • Synopsis: Published: 2014-08-27 (Revised/Updated 2016-03-26) - Mobile recording booth at Missouri History Museum for 4 weeks welcomes any disabled person to record and preserve their story - Jeff Dunlap.

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Quote: "We encourage any person with a disability to participate in this program to help document the experiences of disabled people in St. Louis and across the nation."

StoryCorps, the national oral history organization, in a community partnership with the Disability Visibility Project, brings their mobile recording booth to St. Louis starting September 11 through October 10, 2014, to record and archive stories of people with disabilities in the Library of Congress.

The mobile recording studio will be parked at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park at 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63112, and be fully accessible to people with disabilities.

(Please note the mobile studio can fit only one wheelchair user for each recording.)

The Disability Visibility Project is a yearlong grassroots campaign to document the unique and powerful stories of people with disabilities to celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015.

"We encourage any person with a disability to participate in this program to help document the experiences of disabled people in St. Louis and across the nation," says Colleen Starkloff, co-founder and co-director of the Starkloff Disability Institute in St. Louis.

"The Americans with Disabilities Act was a landmark civil rights law that prohibited discrimination based on disability and provided equal opportunity for millions to participate in society," says Alice Wong, coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project. "As we prepare to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA, we are taking this opportunity to remember and reflect as a community on the tremendous changes we've experienced so far," says Wong.

Reservations, which are required for StoryCorps interviews, open starting August 28.

StoryCorps interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process. At the end of each 40-minute recording session, participants receive a copy of their interview. With their permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to Story Corps weekly broadcasts.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  • Any person with a disability in the St. Louis region is welcome to share their story.
  • Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-850-4406.
  • When completing the online reservation form, please mention in the Notes section of the form that this recording is part of the Disability Visibility Project.
  • Reservations for St. Louis open on August 28.


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