It may be another year until the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25, but the ADA Legacy Project is launching a cross-country bus tour this summer to celebrate and raise awareness of the historic civil rights law.
The yearlong tour begins July 25, 2014 in Houston, the home of President George H.W. Bush, who signed the ADA into law. During the tour, visitors in each city will be able to view displays featuring historic photos and documents.
Raising awareness of the ADA is important in light of the initial failure to include the disability community in the Civil Rights Summit recently held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. “For people not to value our rights and the ADA at the same level as other people’s rights and their civil rights laws says there’s a lot of need for awareness,” says Mark Johnson, chairperson of the ADA Legacy Project. The oversight was corrected, but it reminds Johnson of the ground yet to be gained. “Social and systemic change takes a long time even when you have civil rights laws,” he says.
The tour ends in Washington, D.C., in July 2015, as part of the ADA 25 Gala, March and Rally, hosted by the National Council on Independent Living.
For more information on the tour please visit adalegacy.com.