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(Missoula, Montana)   Aaah Missoula…well, we pulled into Missoula under the cover of darkness and a week early definitely in need of a little R&R (rest and relaxation) and Missoula was just the place to do it.  Our first morning here we were greeted by ADAPT member Marsha Katz with a variety of freshly made local pastries.  By afternoon the word had spread and staff members from Summit Independent Living Center (ILC) stopped by our campsite with a basket of Made in Montana goodies.  The next week was packed with touring Glacier National Park and attending Missoula festivals.  After our fun was had and the week slipped away it was time to get back to work.  Read the rest of this entry »

Road to Freedom Bus Tour

By Alden Downing
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HELENA – Keeping the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s what Jim Ward and Tom Olin hope to accomplish through their nationwide Road to Freedom Bus Tour.

The bus rolled into Helena Wednesday afternoon, aiming to educate Montanans of the obstacles still facing Americans with physical and psychological disabilities.  Read the rest of this entry »

(Missoula, Montana) The Missoula City Council and Mayor John Engen welcomed the Road To Freedom at the City Council meeting and proclaimed June 28 Road To Freedom Day. Summit Independent Living advocacy specialist Travis Hoffman introduced Jim Ward and Tom Olin and invited the public to this Thursday’s Downtown Tonight and the Road to Freedom Tour, which will focus on the American Disabilities Act. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Caras Park. Joining Jim and Tom in the Council Chambers were Jude Munson from Summit as well as Marsha Katz and Bob Liston of Montana ADAPT.

(Cheyenne, Wyoming) — The Road to Freedom bus, promoting awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), pulled into Cheyenne Friday, June 15, from 1-3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 1781 Fleischli Parkway.

It is one of 80 stops nationwide to explain the ADA and the history of the disability rights movement, explained Kendall Corbett, coordinator of consumer activities with the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences.

“WIND is working with ‘Road to Freedom’ organizers to increase awareness of the provisions of the ADA, and of the ADA Restoration Act,” Corbett says. “The goal is to mobilize Americans to keep the promise of the ADA — freedom, inclusion, and opportunity for children and adults with physical, mental, cognitive and developmental disabilities.”

The local TV network covered the bus and exhibit with interviews by Corbett and ADA Watch’s founder and president, Jim Ward.

The Road to Freedom exhibition features Tom Olin’s historical photographs of the struggle for disability rights. Olin’s work has been featured at the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition also includes a narrative of the grassroots history of the ADA as written by Arlene Mayerson of the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.

Tour Tells Story of Disabilities Rights Movement, Seeks Restoration of ADA

By Chris Casey, Greeley Tribune Newspaper

June 11, 2007

(Greeley, Colorado) Vicki Baker, who was left a paraplegic after a car crash five years ago, couldn’t imagine life without the services that were spurred by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The 54-year-old Greeley woman frequently rides city buses outfitted with wheelchair lifts to get around town. The buses help Baker, who has a college degree in sociology and social work, get to appointments as she looks for a job.

“It’s very helpful. It gives us a chance to voice our opinion in what we need,” Baker said of the law. “Without the ADA, we’d be sitting in nursing homes and institutions — all of us — when we do have things to offer the community.”

Baker joined about 60 other people, many with disabilities, at a stop of the Road to Freedom tour in Greeley on Monday morning. The cross-country bus tour was organized by Maryland resident Jim Ward and his family to bring awareness to the ADA and the barriers and discrimination still faced by people with disabilities.  Read the rest of this entry »

(Denver, Colorado) On June 4th Mayor John Hickenlooper welcomed the Road to Freedom bus and crew to Denver.  The setting was in front of the Denver City and County building and the back drop was the State Capital.  There were around 80 people who attended to see the tour and to listen to local speakers talk about the ADA, the disability community, the accomplishments made in Colorado, and efforts to improve the independence for people with disabilities.  Keynote speakers joining the Mayor at the podium included Julie Reiskin, executive director of the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, Mark Simon, member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare, and Joan Henneberry from Health Care Policy and Finance for the state of Colorado.  

Jim Ward and Tom Olin represented the tour.  Jim spoke about how that States are trying to ignore or erode accomplishments made by the Americans with Disabilities Act.   Sponsors of the stop were Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, Epilepsy Foundation and Very Special Arts (VSA).