From guest blogger Fil Clissa:
(Madison, Wisconsin) On Saturday July 14, Survival Coalition members and disability advocates greeted the 37 foot Freedom Bus and crew in front of the Public Library in Madison, WI. This event coincided with the Art Fair on the Square, one Madison’s signature events. The event attracted thousands of people who enjoyed the art, food and live music. We were joined by members of the local disability community — and some ADAPT members who traveled hours all the way from Superior — and together we were able to catch the attention of hundreds of people walking to and from the Art Fair.We passed out over 400 promotional Disability Rights “Fans” and take action cards and gathered petition signatures to support the ADA Restoration Act.

A reporter/videographer from the Wisconsin Eye news service interviewed the bus crew and several other participants during the event. Interviews will be posted on their website at .

Survival Coalition represents more than 40 Wisconsin organizations comprised of individuals with disabilities, advocates and service providers. We represent people from across the disability spectrum and from across the State of Wisconsin. For 20 years Survival Coalition has been a constant presence promoting the full community integration of people with disabilities. To learn more about us go to

On behalf of Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations I would like to thank Jim Ward and Tom Olin for providing this opportunity for all of us to spend the day together. Madison was fortunate to be included as one of your stops. We had a blast and we hope you did to!