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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The ADA Legacy Tour - awareness about ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2015

as posted by The ADA Legacy Project ...

Anniversary Celebration!

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will turn twenty-five on July 26, 2015. And a big anniversary deserves a BIG celebration! That's why we're partnering with individuals and organizations around the country to prepare for 2015. Check back often to get updates and learn how you can get involved. How will YOU celebrate?

The ADA Legacy Tour

This is the official page of The ADA Legacy Tour. The Tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise awareness and build excitement about ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Check here often for the latest schedule.
The ADA Bus
With the help and input of our many partners we have begun to finalize the route for The ADA Legacy Tour! The Tour will kick off this month in Houston, Texas. As many of you know, Houston is home to former President George H. Bush, who signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law in 1990. The Tour will be on display at the Abilities Expo from July 25 - 27, 2014. 
From there The ADA Legacy Tour will spend the next year traveling across the country raising awareness and building excitement towards ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the ADA in 2015! The Tour will feature:
  • The ADA Bus, courtesy of Disability Rights Center;
  • the Justin Dart Hero Puppet, courtesy of Matrix Theatre (in limited locations);
  • a four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, courtesy of the Museum of disABILITY History;
  • displays on the preservation of disability history; celebrations of disability history milestones; and efforts to educate future generations of disability advocates, courtesy of The ADA Legacy Project;
  • video interviews of up-and-coming disability advocates, courtesy of It's Our Story;
  • an information table with handouts on The ADA Legacy Project and the ADA, plus information from our partners and sponsors; and
  • a workshop on the ADA, courtesy of the ADA National Network.
Many of the Tour stops will be housed at the Abilities Expo, one of our major Tour partners.
As it stands, the current route (which may change depending upon funding, logistics, interest, etc.) is:
2014 - Phase One
  1. July 25-27: Houston,TX hosted by Abilities Expo (Tour Kick-off!)
  2. August 6: St. Paul, MN hosted by Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
  3. September 5-7: Boston,MA hosted by Abilities Expo
  4. September 17-18: Millersville, PA hosted by Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  5. October 7-10: Albuquerque, NM hosted by 2014 Southwest Conference on Disability
  6. October 17-20: Albuquerque, NM hosted by APRIL Conference 
  7. November 21-23: Bay Area, CA hosted by Abilities Expo 
2015 - Phase Two
  1. January 28-31: Orlando, FL hosted by Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference
  2. February 12: Austin, Texas hosted by ADAPT Texas
  3. February ?: Phoenix, AZ hosted by Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
  4. March 6-8: Los Angeles, CA hosted by Abilities Expo
  5. March ?: Berkeley, CA hosted by Ed Roberts Campus
  6. April ?: Denver, CO hosted by Atlantis Community/ADAPT
  7. April ?: Topeka, KS hosted by Topeka Independent Living Resource Center
  8. April 16 - 19: Nashville, TN hosted by Tennessee Disability Coalition and the American Occupational Therapy Association
  9. April ?: ADAPT Spring Action
  10. May 1-3: New York Metro hosted by Abilities Expo
  11. May ?: Buffalo, NY hosted by Museum of disABILITY History 
  12. May 10-13: Atlanta, GA hosted by National ADA Symposium
  13. May ?: Birmingham, AL hosted by Disability Rights and Resources
  14. June 10-13: Atlanta, GA hosted by Society for Disability Studies Conference and National Center for Civil and Human Rights 
  15. June ?: Tennessee
  16. June ?: Kentucky 
  17. June 19 - 22: Bloomington, Indiana and Indianapolis, Indiana hosted by ADA Indiana
  18. June 24 - 27: Milwaukee, Wisconsin hosted by Independence First (Countdown!)
  19. July 1 - 4: Missoula, Montana hosted by Montana Independent Living Centers and Youth Leadership
  20. July 11: Rochester, NY hosted by Center for Disability Rights
  21. July 13-14: New York, NY hosted by Viscardi Center
  22. July 18: Chicago, IL hosted by ADA25 Chicago
  23. July 20: Toledo, OH hosted by The Ability Center
  24. July 25: Philadelphia, PA hosted by Disability Pride Philadelphia
  25. July 26-28: Washington, DC hosted by Kennedy Center and NCIL (ADA25 Week!)
 (photo by Tom Olin)
FOR The ADA Legacy Tour, visit:

#originally posted July 2014

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