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Patient No More Exhibit “Section 504 Sit-In”

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability asked Digital Fusion Media for an alternative to vinyl for their mural project. We recommended an adhesive fabric that looks and feels like linen and does not off-gas or smell like vinyl. The print quality is excellent and everyone loves it!

Client Feedback:  

“I just wanted to share that even though our exhibit has now closed at the Ed Roberts Campus, everyone agreed that the mural just had to stay up so it will now be a permanent fixture of the building!  People were just blown away by it, and it continues to be a really important cultural addition to a significant historical building.”

—Emily Smith Beitiks, PhD, Associate Director, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability

That's Amado!  He just finished installing the mural at the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability.


The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability invites you to discover a remarkable, overlooked moment in U.S. history when people with disabilities occupied a government building to demand their rights. Known as the “Section 504 Sit-In,” the protest profoundly changed the lives of people with and without disabilities, and paved the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. 

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On April 5, 1977, American people with and without disabilities showed the world the power of grassroots activism. 

In San Francisco, more than 100 people began a twenty-six day occupation of the Federal Building to insist on getting civil rights. Four years earlier, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 made it illegal for any federally funded facilities or programs to discriminate against disabled people. One signature from the head of Health Education and Welfare (HEW) stood in the way of the law taking effect. People waited and waited. At last in 1977 frustration turned into bold action. A diverse coalition launched protests across the country. San Francisco's occupation was the most significant. On April 30, 1977, San Francisco's Section 504 occupiers emerged victorious from the longest take-over of a federal building in US history. A national disability rights movement was born.

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