From Forrest Stump’s site:
The campaign has launched!! Forrest Stump’s national advocacy campaign for disability rights is fittingly named #WeJustFeltLikeRunning. #WeJustFeltLikeRunning was inspired by Forrest Gump’s epic American quest across the country; Forrest Stump’s campaign brings new meaning to his message.
Simply feeling like running – and being able to do so without additional barriers – is a privilege not afforded to those living with disabilities in our country. The campaign hopes to call attention to these barriers that keep us sidelined. We too want to experience the joy, friendships, and positive health effects that come with running and exercise. In reality, though, our community endures discriminatory policies and exclusions that restrict access to physical activity.
It’s not a question of whether we can be physically active; the Paralympic movement has proven our ability. The real question is whether we have access to what we need to get to the starting line. This week marks 30 years since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which established a right for people with disabilities to have the opportunity to participate in all facets of society.
We believe it’s time to exercise that right and recognize that participation in physical activity should be available to all. Our petition is calling for The Rights of Americans With Disabilities to Exercise.
Purchase a ticket for the virtual race here