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50 years later, ADA champion returns to site of battle for his life


December 2, 2016

Lex Frieden works as a DJ in 1966.

In November 1966, Lex Frieden fought the biggest battle of his young life. The Alva native, a freshman student at Oklahoma State University majoring in electrical engineering, became paralyzed from a broken neck suffered in a car accident as he returned to school.

Taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City, the young Alvan, who formerly worked as a disc jockey at KALV Radio Station, defied medical odds and lived to become the driving force behind the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Passage of the ADA in 1989, physically and figuratively, opened doors formerly closed by dis...

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