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ADA Legacy Tour Route Updated



Plans for The ADA Legacy Tour are coming together! The Tour route and schedule have been updated and are almost complete.
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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 Musuem 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 (Tour Kick-off): Houston,TX hosted by Abilities Expo
  2. August 6 (tentative): 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: Albequerque, 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 
  8. December ?: Toledo, OH hosted by The Ability Center

2015 - Phase Two

  1. January 28-31: Orlando, FL hosted by Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference
  2. February ?: Phoenix, AZ hosted by Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
  3. March 6-8: Los Angeles, CA hosted by Abilities Expo
  4. March ?: Berkeley, CA hosted by Ed Roberts Campus
  5. April ?: Denver, CO hosted by Atlantis Community/ADAPT
  6. April ?: Topeka, KS hosted by Topeka Independent Living Resource Center
  7. April 16 - 19: Nashville, TN hosted by Tennessee Disability Coalition and the American Occupational Therapy Association
  8. April ?: ADAPT Spring Action
  9. May 1-3: New York Metro hosted by Abilities Expo
  10. May ?: Buffalo, NY hosted by Museum of disABILITY History 
  11. May 10-13: Atlanta, GA hosted by National ADA Symposium
  12. May ?: Birmingham, AL hosted by Disability Rights and Resources
  13. June 10-13: Atlanta, GA hosted by Society for Disability Studies Conference and National Center for Civil and Human Rights 
  14. June ?: Bloomington, Indiana and Indianapolis, Indiana hosted by ADA Indiana
  15. June ?: Milwaukee, Wisconsin hosted by Independence First
  16. June ?: Missoula, Montana hosted by Montana Independent Living Centers (Countdown!)
  17. July ?: Rochester, NY hosted by Center for Disability Rights
  18. July 13-14: New York, NY hosted by Viscardi Center
  19. July ?: Chicago, IL hosted by ADA25 Chicago
  20. July 26-28: Washington, DC hosted by NCIL and ADA25 Week