ADA25 Celebration Archives

 

Explore articles, resources, and events leading up to the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Thanks to you, this celebration was a huge success, and with your continued help, we can improve disability rights in America.

The ADA Legacy Tour

Content
This is the official page of The ADA Legacy Tour. The Tour is a traveling exhibit that criss-crossed the United States from July 2014 - July 2015. It was designed to raise awareness and build excitement about ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was July 26, 2015.
The ADA Bus

The ADA Legacy Tour is complete! Between July 25, 2014 - July 28, 2015, The ADA Legacy Tour logged 23,000, making more than 115 stops in 33 states to raise awareness and build excitement toward ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the ADA in 2015! Driven by veteran disability rights photographer Tom Olin, the Tour included:

  • The "Road to Freedom" ADA Bus - which traveled to 48 states in 2007 to raise support for the ADA Amendments Act - courtesy of the Disability Rights Center;
  • a four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, courtesy of the Museum of disABILITY History;
  • displays on The ADA Legacy Project and its effort to preserve of disability history; celebrate disability history milestones; and educate future generations of disability advocates;
  • the ADA quilt - add your signature to thousands of others who have participated in the Tour;
  • displays on the history of the Road to Freedom Tour; and
  • information, giveaways, events, workshops, artifacts, and other programming provided by local hosts.

The ADA Legacy Tour Schedule

2014

  1. July 25-27: Houston,TX hosted by Abilities Expo (Tour Kick-off!)
  2. Parsons, Kansas
  3. Des Moines, Iowa
  4. August 6: St. Paul, MN hosted by Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities; View photo gallery of the St. Paul event.
  5. Washington, Pennsylvania
  6. September 5-7: Boston,MA hosted by Abilities Expo
  7. Allentown, Pennsylvania
  8. September 17-18: Millersville, PA hosted by Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  9. Washington, Pennsylvania
  10. Louisville, Kentucky
  11. Memphis, Tennessee
  12. Little Rock, Arkansas
  13. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  14. October 8-10: Albuquerque, NM hosted by the 2014 Southwest Conference on Disability 
  15. October 17-20: Albuquerque, NM hosted by APRIL Conference
  16. Fresno, California
  17. Marin County, California
  18. Hayward, California
  19. November 21-23: Bay Area, CA hosted by Abilities Expo
  20. San Jose, California
  21. November 25: Berkeley, CA, Ed Roberts Campus, 11:00 to 2:00.
  22. December 2: Phoenix, AZ, Arizona Bridge to Independent Living.

 

2015

  1. January 28-31: Orlando, FL, hosted by the Assistive Technology Industry Association and the Florida Independent Living Council, Inc.
  2. February 27th: San Antonio, http://evasheroes.org/
  3. March 1: Hutto, TX - http://www.thehuttonews.com/news/article_f78fdd5a-b167-11e4-a430-3f8c1570c8cc.html
  4. March 1-4: Austin, TX - http://texasada25.txsilc.org/2014/01/bus-tour-dates-finalized/ * Austin Photo Gallery
  5. March 6-8: Los Angeles, CA - Abilities Expo
  6. March 9-13: Denver, CO - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlantis-Community-Inc/232863653391920 * Denver Photo Gallery
  7. March 18: Topeka, KS - http://www.tilrc.org/assests/ada25tilrc35.html
  8. March 30-31: Columbia, MO - http://www.silcolumbia.org/ada/
  9. April 2: Bentonville, AR, Walmart Distribution Center
  10. April 7-8: Hot Springs, AR - https://www.facebook.com/events/1434686760161911/
  11. April 10-11: Memphis, TN - https://sites.google.com/site/mcilaction/coming-up/adatour
  12. April 15-17: Nashville, TN - http://www.cilmtn.org/ada-legacy-tour-celebration-.html, http://vkc.mc....
  13. April 19: Disability Rights Fun Run, Senator Harkin, Union Station, Washington, DC - http://www.adaptfunrun.net/
  14. April 20: Arlington, VA - http://ecnv.org/ada25.html
  15. April 23-25: Grand Rapids, MI - http://disartfestival.org/ada-legacy-tour-bus/
  16. April 29-30: Buffalo, NY- http://museumofdisability.org/information/news-and-events/https://www.facebook.com/museumofdisability
  17. May 2: Morgantown, WV - https://www.facebook.com/events/383608141843750/
  18. May 3-4: Greensboro, NC - http://uncgnow.uncg.edu/ada-legacy-tour-stops-uncg/
  19. May 5-6: Raleigh, NC
  20. May 8: Gainesville, GA, https://www.facebook.com/AccessToABetterTomorrow?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
  21. May 10: ADA Symposium and NCCHR, Atlanta, GA - http://www.adasymposium.org/http://www.wheel2live.net/home
  22. May 12: Johnson City, TN - https://drctn.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/ada-legacy-national-tour-is-comin...
  23. May 13-14: Knoxville, TN - https://www.facebook.com/pages/disABILITY-Resource-Center/344324208924529
  24. May 15-16: Mobility Expo, Atlanta, GA - http://www.themobilityexpo.com/ada25.html
  25. May 19: Birmingham, AL, http://drradvocates.org/
  26. May 21: Montgomery, AL, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montgomery-Center-for-Independent-Living/...
  27. May 22: Gainesville, GA, https://www.facebook.com/AccessToABetterTomorrow?fref=ts&ref=br_tf
  28. May 27: Interfaith Summit, Atlanta, GA, http://faithanddisability.org/projects/ada-25th-anniversary/
  29. May 29: Augusta, GA - http://www.waltonoptions.org/ADA25
  30. May 30: Aiken, SC - http://www.waltonoptions.org/ADA25
  31. June 1-2: Charleston, SC - https://www.facebook.com/SCAbility?fref=ts
  32. June 3: Columbia, SC - http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c86fb5ede9ea4a8329ed696f6&id=87113f3bf8
  33. June 4: Anderson, SC, https://www.facebook.com/events/365108443689003/
  34. June 5: Greenville, SC, http://greenvillecan.org/ada-25th-anniversary-event/
  35. June 6: Anderson, SC, https://www.facebook.com/events/981084071924323/
  36. June 8-9: ADA Bus meets Disability Rights Museum on Wheels, Charlotte, NC
  37. June 12: Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
  38. June 13: SDS, USBLN and NCCHR, Atlanta, GA, http://disability.publichealth.gsu.edu/2015/03/20/ada-25-georgia/
  39. June 15: Mt. Vernon, IL, http://abilitychicagoinfo.blogspot.com/2015/06/ada-legacy-bus-tour-stops...
  40. June 16: Springfield, IL
  41. June 18: Indianapolis, IN - http://www.adaindiana.org/index.php?pageId=124
  42. June 19: Blommington, IN - http://www.adaindiana.org/index.php?pageId=124
  43. June 20: Monticello, IN - http://www.adaindiana.org/index.php?pageId=124
  44. June 25: Madison, WI - https://wisconsinadastories.org/schedule
  45. June 26-27: Milwaukee, WI - https://wisconsinadastories.org/schedule-milwaukee
  46. June 30: New York Mills, MN, Photo op for John Nousaine
  47. July 2: Billings, MT - http://www.liftt.org/2015/06/join-liftt-in-celebrating-25-years-of-the-ada/
  48. July 3: Great Falls, MT - http://www.liftt.org/2015/06/join-liftt-in-celebrating-25-years-of-the-ada/
  49. July 3: Helena, MT - http://www.summitilc.org/newsletter/
  50. July 4: Missoula, MT - http://www.summitilc.org/ada25.html
  51. July 7; Duluth, MN
  52. July 7: Superior, WI - https://wisconsinadastories.org/schedule-superior
  53. July 11: Rochester, NY- https://www.facebook.com/rochestercdr
  54. July 13-14: New York, NY - http://www.nyc.gov/html/mopd/ada25nyc/html/home/home.shtml , https://plus.google.com/+ADA25CelebrateJuly26/posts
  55. July 17: Forest Park, IL - http://www.ada25chicago.org/calendar/road-to-freedom-ada-bus/
  56. July 18: Chicago, IL - http://www.ada25chicago.org/
  57. July 20: Toledo, OH - http://www.abilitycenter.org/news-and-events/zooday
  58. July 21: Detroit, MI - https://www.adamichigan.wordpress.com
  59. July 22-23: Columbus, OH -http://www.ada25columbus.com/
  60. July 25: Philadelphia, PA - https://www.facebook.com/DisabilityPridePhiladelphia
  61. July 26: Wilmington, DE -
  62. July 26: Baltimore, MD - http://mdod.maryland.gov/news/Pages/2015ADA.aspx
  63. July 26: Washington, D.C. - http://americanhistory.si.edu/ADA25http://www.2540celebration.com/ , http://www.ncil.org/2015-annual-conference-on-independent-living/

 

Where is The ADA Legacy Tour now?

The ADA Legacy Tour is complete. However, Tom Olin is continuing to drive the Road to Freedom Bus across the country to continue to celebrate important milestones in disability history and raise awareness about disablity issues. If you would like the Road to Freedom Bus to visit your community, please contact Janine Bertram.

(photo by Tom Olin)