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The Passing of Robert Dole

Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole passed away on December 5th at the age of 98. Dole, who had disabilities as a result of injuries he received while serving in World War II, is being remembered as a champion of disability rights.

Disability issues are an important part of Dole's legacy. He used his first Senate floor speech in 1969 to talk about the ways in which the country needed to work harder to include people with disabilities and went on to play a big role in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. In 2012, Dole came back to the Senate floor in support of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

For more information, read the article, "Death Of Bob Dole A Loss For Disability Community, Advocates Say".