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Government & Advocacy

  • 1988 - The Fair Housing Act, originally passed in 1968 as part of the Civil Rights Act and prohibiting housing discrimination on the basis of race, religion, etc., is amended on to also cover disability. The Act mandates equal housing opportunities for people with disabilities and makes it unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of selling or renting housing. [1] [2]


Technology


Births

  • 1956 - Geri Jewell - American actress and comedian. (cerebral palsy). Jewell is best known for her role as "Cousin Geri" on The Facts of Life and "Jewel" HBO's Deadwood.[5]


References

  1. A Guide to Disability Rights Laws U.S. Department of Justice. September, 2005. Accessed on February 4, 2008.
  2. History of Fair Housing in America Access Washington. Accessed on February 4, 2008.
  3. Velvet Type Fabric and Method of Producing Same. U.S. Patent #2,717,437. September 13, 1955.
  4. George de Mestral. National Inventors Hall of Fame. Accesses March 7, 2008.
  5. "Famous People with Cerebral Palsy." Disabled World. January 17, 2008. Accessed on May 29, 2008.