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Part I of a documentary series about the disability activists of ADAPT.
Photo by Tom Olin.




PISS ON PITY explores the power of a grassroots, disability rights network called ADAPT that is working to create a barrier-free, inclusive society.

The first documentary, WE WILL RIDE, traces the origins and early history of ADAPT. Beginning in Denver in 1983, ADAPT has become a national force utilizing civil disobedience to fight for the liberation of people with disabilities from institutions, for equal access to society, and for equal rights under law. Through direct action and political savvy, ADAPT has fought discrimination and segregation for over 35 years, playing major, if little-known, roles in key U.S. laws and policies, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Money Follows the Person. With never-before-seen archival footage, We Will Ride gives voice to activists, old and new, who are on the front-lines of the disability rights movement. Policy-makers and civil rights leaders who witnessed ADAPT’s controversial uses of civil disobedience, recount how ADAPT activists turned the notion of disability inside out, showing that even the most dismissed and voiceless individual can alter the structures governing our lives.

Parts II (Our Homes) and III (Free Our People) are forthcoming.

This project has been made possible in part by funding from the Ford Foundation and the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

Photos by Tom Olin.

WATCH PISS ON PITY: We Will Ride here.

TO PURCHASE THE VIDEO and for institutional acquisition, please contact usIt is available on BluRay and DVD with English-language captioning and audio described version.  Running time is 61 minutes.