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.

Help preserve the ADA Legacy Tour Bus unique photo Wrap

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THANKS to you, The ADA Legacy Tour Bus has a new wrap!
Wrapped bus with activists and Tom Olin

 

The ADA Legacy Tour bus is a moving testament to the work of thousands of disability rights activists. Help us preserve it for the future.

Wrapped in a series of photos from the disability rights movement, the ADA Legacy Tour bus pays tribute to the cross-disability efforts that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Legacy Tour bus is currently traveling across the U.S. to unite communities in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ADA this coming July 26. To date, the bus has traveled to 18 states and more than 11,500 miles.

This bus was originally procured for the 2006-2007 Road to Freedom Tour, which sought to engage the nation on the story of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the need for amendments to further the law's impact. Both the Road to Freedom and the ADA Legacy Tours are inspired by the historic 50-state journey taken by the husband-and-wife team of Justin and Yoshiko Dart in 1988 to garner grassroots support for the yet-to-be-passed Americans with Disabilities Act.

Link to the campaign.

Why We Need Your Support

The photo wrap on the bus requires replacement so that a new generation of advocates can access this empowering display. Your donation will go directly to replacing the photo wrap of the ADA Legacy Tour bus and newly wrapping the accompanying trailer that transports exhibits.

For historical preservation purposes, the wrap design will remain the same with some slight adjustments. The trailer will be designed with space for an interactive art installation.

damage to the bus wrapShould we have the good fortune to exceed our fundraising goal of $20,000, additional funds will go towards other regular vehicle and trailer maintenance, door & window replacements and other operating expenses.

All donations to this project are tax-deductible and a receipt will be sent once you complete the donation process.

About the ADA Legacy Project & Tour

The ADA Legacy Project & Tour (http://www.adalegacy.com/) is a collaborative effort to generate buzz and excitement around the ADA, to educate the public, especially younger generations, on the movements leading up to the ADA and to pose the question of “What will you do now to further disability rights in a post-ADA generation?”

Following the ADA's 25th anniversary, the ADA Legacy Project & Tour will continue as a traveling advocacy and education exhibit.

About Tom Olin

Tom Olin wearing his ADA 25 shirtTom Olin is the premier social documentarian of the disability rights movement as well as leader of the ADA Legacy Tour bus. He has recorded the movement through photographs for nearly 30 years. His photos have been featured at the Smithsonian and the United Nations as well as in the Washington Post and numerous other publications & books.

About the Disability Rights Center

The Disability Rights Center (DRC, https://disabilityrightscenter.wordpress.com/) was founded in 1974 by Ralph Nader and Deborah Kaplan in Washington, DC. It is the oldest non-membership, cross disability organization in the nation. Historically, the DRC has focused on educational campaigns that promote independent living for people with disabilities. Currently, the DRC is providing support to the ADA Legacy Project tour in preserving and sharing information about disability rights history. The DRC is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations received via DRC are tax-deductible.

Link to the campaign.