Anniversary Celebration!

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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


The ADA Legacy Tour is rolling across the country raising awareness and building excitement toward ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the ADA in 2015! The Tour includes:

  • 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 and driven by veteran disability rights photographer, Tom Olin;
  • 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;
  • a "Because of the ADA . . ." booth where you can post your thoughts and photos to illustrate the difference the ADA has made in your life;
  • 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;
  • an information table with handouts on The ADA Legacy Project and the ADA, plus information from our partners and sponsors; and
  • events, workshops, artifcacts, and other programming provided by local hosts.

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:


Tour Summary

  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.



  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,
  3. March 1: Hutto, TX -
  4. March 1-4: Austin, TX - * Austin Photo Gallery
  5. March 6-8: Los Angeles, CA - Abilities Expo
  6. March 9-13: Denver, CO - * Denver Photo Gallery
  7. March 18: Topeka, KS -
  8. March 30-31: Columbia, MO -
  9. April 2: Bentonville, AR, Walmart Distribution Center
  10. April 7-8: Hot Springs, AR 
  11. April 10-11: Memphis, TN
  12. April 15-17: Nashville, TN 
  13. April 19: Washington, DC
  14. April 20: Arlington, VA
  15. April 23-25: Grand Rapids, MI
  16. April 27: Syracuse, NY
  17. April 29-30: Buffalo, NY
  18. May 2: Morgantown, WV
  19. May 3-4: Greensboro, N.C. 
  20. May 5-6: Raleigh, N.C
  21. May 8: Gainesville, GA.
  22. May 10: Atlanta, GA 
  23. May 13: Johnson City:
  24. JMay 14-15:,Knoxville, TN
  25. May 15-16: Expo, Atlanta, GA
  26. May 19: Birmingham -
  27. \May 21: Montgomery, AL 
  28. May 23: Gainesville, GA
  29. May 28: Atlanta, GA
  30. May 29-30: Augusta, GA
  31. June 1-2: Charleston, SC
  32. June 3: Columbia, SC
  33. June 4: Anderson, SC
  34. June 5-6: Greenville, SC
  35. June 7-9: Charlotte, N.C.
  36. June 12-13: Atlanta, GA 
  37. June 16: Springfield, IL
  38. June 18: Indianapolis, IN
  39. June 19: Blommington, IN
  40. June 25: Madison, WI
  41. June 26-27: Milwaukee, WI
  42. July 1-4: Missoula, MT 
  43. July 7: Superior, WI
  44. July 11: Rochester, NY
  45. July 13-14: New York, NY
  46. July 18: Chicago, IL
  47. July 20: Toledo, OH 
  48. July 21: Detroit, MI -
  49. July 22: Cleveland, OH
  50. July 23: Columbus, OH
  51. July 25: Philadelphia, PA 
  52. July 26: Wilmington, DE, Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC
  53. July 27-28: Washington, DC 

Want to support or participate in The ADA Legacy Tour?

We are no longer taking requests for additional Tour stops.

However, there are still ways for you to see and support The ADA Legacy Tour:

Note: If you want the Tour to visit you AFTER July 2015, please contact Janine Bertram.

(photo by Tom Olin)