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 the Disability Rights Center;
  • the Justin Dart Hero Puppet, courtesy of Matrix Theatre (Phase Two 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 (Phase Two locations); and
  • an information table with handouts on The ADA Legacy Project and the ADA, plus information from our partners and sponsors.

Six of the Tour stops will be housed at the Abilities Expo, one of our major Tour partners. These stops will include a workshop on the ADA, courtesy of the ADA National Network.

Each stop will have a unique theme and purpose.

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; View photo gallery of the St. Paul event.
  3. September 5-7: Boston,MA hosted by Abilities Expo
  4. September 17-18: Millersville, PA hosted by Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  5. October 8-10: Albuquerque, NM hosted by the 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 27-31: Orlando, FL hosted by Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference
  2. February 12: Austin, TX hosted by ADAPT Texas
  3. February 17-18: Dallas/Fort Worth, TX hosted by REACH, Inc.
  4. February 24-26: Phoenix, AZ hosted by Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
  5. March 6-8: Los Angeles, CA hosted by Abilities Expo
  6. March (TBD): Berkeley, CA hosted by Ed Roberts Campus
  7. April (TBD): Denver, CO hosted by Atlantis Community/ADAPT
  8. April 5-7: Topeka, KS hosted by Topeka Independent Living Resource Center
  9. April 9-11: Bentonville, AR
  10. April 12: Hot Springs/Little Rock, AR
  11. April 14-16: Nashville, TN hosted by Tennessee Disability Coalition, The Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee
  12. April 16-17: Nashville, TN hosted by the American Occupational Therapy Association
  13. April 19-23: Washinton, DC hosted by ADAPT Fun Run and ADAPT Spring Action
  14. April 29-30: Buffalo, NY hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History
  15. May 10-11: Atlanta, GA hosted by National ADA Symposium and National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  16. May (TBD): Birmingham and Montgomery, AL hosted by Disability Rights and Resources and other ILCs
  17. May (TBD): Augusta, SC
  18. June 1-8: South Carolina and upstate SC 
  19. June 10-13: Atlanta, GA hosted by Society for Disability Studies Conference and Georgia Disability History Alliance
  20. June 17-20: Indiana
  21. June 24-27: Milwaukee, WI hosted by Independent First (Countdown!)
  22. July 1-4: Missoula, MT hosted by Montana Independent Living Centers and Youth Leadership
  23. July 11: Rochester, NY hosted by Center for Disability Rights
  24. July 13-14: New York, NY hosted by Viscardi Center and the New York City Office of the Mayor
  25. July (TBD): Springfield, IL
  26. July 18: Chicago, IL hosted by ADA25 Chicago
  27. July 20: Toledo, OH hosted by The Ability Center
  28. July 22: Cleveland, OH
  29. July 25: Philadelphia, PA hosted by Disability Pride Philadelphia
  30. July 26-28: Washington, DC hosted by Kennedy Center and National Council on Independent Living (ADA25 Week!)

Want to host a Tour stop?

We would love to visit your community! However, we have a tight schedule and a tight budget - it costs $1/mile just for fuel, on top of our other expenses. Thus, we offer the following options:

  • Photo op: photo opportunity with Tom Olin and the ADA Bus: $250 (which covers one tank of gas)
  • Pit stop: above plus temporary display of selected exhibit components and swag (cool give-aways!): $1,000 (to cover basic expenses and support the Tour)
  • Major stop: all of the above plus the full exhibit display and photos from the event: $2,500 - $5,000 plus meals, possible lodging, and information on an RV maintenance facility

If you are interested in one of these options, please:

  1. Review the Tour route (above) to see if your town is within reasonable travel distance of our scheduled route (knowing that the RV can only travel about 350 miles a day);
  2. Contact Mark Johnson to discuss logistics.

(photo by Tom Olin)