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Today the Road To Freedom bus and exhibit were warmly welcomed at the Center for Independent Living of Orlando. Many thanks to Liz Howe, executive director, and Rogue Gallart, Director of Advocacy, and all who turned out to greet us and see the exhibit.

The Road To Freedom  bus pulled into Orlando from Tallahassee in the midst of some unusually cold weather in Florida. First stop is the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) 2007 Conference — “Showcasing Excellence in Assistive Technology.”  The bus was parked in front of the conference center of the Caribe Royale and our exhibit was prominently featured in the main hall. With hundreds of participants, exhibitors and corporate representatives, the conference is an ideal event to introduce — or strengthen — understanding of the history of disability civil rights and the ADA among technology professionals.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Freedom Bus rolled into Florida on January 20th only to discover that our Tallahassee events were cancelled. It seems the state office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the primary organizer, pulled out at the last minute because they felt that the Road To Freedom Tour was too focused on advocacy???!!! Not sure what exactly the problem was… Supporting a strong ADA? Calling for compliance and fair enforcement of the ADA? Just to be clear: our efforts to promote and strengthen the ADA are nonpolitical and nonpartisan. Read the rest of this entry »

Many thanks to the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council for sponsoring us at their meeting in Baton Rougue, Louisiana. Members spent time viewing the exhibit and talking with photographer, Tom Olin. RTF staff presented an overview of the tour and ongoing efforts in DC addressing ADA restoration. We also met with Matthew Rovira, the executive director of the Louisiana Governor’s Office on Disability Affairs and Kathy Kliebert of the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. Thanks also to Robert Wilson of the Statewide Independent Living Council. Read the rest of this entry »

The Road To Freedom was proud to be included at the Statewide Independent Living Council Congress “Building For Our Future” in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Many thanks to Charlotte Bowen, Brenda Curtiss, Mike Collins, Maris Burton, Steve Higgins, Paula Margeson and all the SILC Congress representatives. Special thanks to Betsy Valnes, executive director of the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) for working with us as we develop a strong Road To Freedom youth program. Read the rest of this entry »