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Troy Record Newspaper

By Kathryn Caggianelli

TROY – A 50-foot red, white and blue bus carrying a group of advocates in favor of redefining the meaning of the word “disabled” rolled into downtown Wednesday afternoon for a press conference in front of the Atrium on Third Street.

One side of the bus touted the slogan “keeping the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA). “The Road to Freedom Bus Tour” was emblazoned on the other side.

“We’re calling on Americans to pass the ADA Restoration Act of 2007,” said Jim Ward, founder and president of ADA Watch and the National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR) based in Washington, D.C.

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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

By Greg Livadas

(Rochester, New York) – A mobile display chronicling the struggles of disabled people and the Americans with Disabilities Act rolled into Rochester today.

Visitors to the Center for Disability Rights on State Street were also encouraged to sign a petition to have Congress pass the ADA Restoration Act, which would include more people for ADA coverage.

“The ADA is a living, breathing grass roots movement,” said Jim Ward with the Road to Freedom bus tour. “This tour isn’t about disability. It’s about humanity and how the world’s wealthiest nation doesn’t deal with its own humanity.”

CDR’s Executive Director Bruce Darling said critical issues for equal access are education, transportation, housing and employment. Unemployment among the disabled is 70 percent, he said.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “Even now, the right to vote privately and independently are things we struggle for.”

Local dignitaries attended a press conference at the center.

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Albany Times Union

By David Filkins, Times Union (Albany, New York)

TROY — A yearlong bus tour promoting rights for people with disabilities will make a stop in Troy on Wednesday.

The event, Road to Freedom, will feature a multimedia display and history exhibit highlighting the disability rights struggle and the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A photo exhibit and a discussion by National Coalition for Disability Rights President Jim Ward will be included in the free event, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Atrium, 41 Third St.

A dinner during the event will benefit The Sanctuary for Independent Media, a community media resource center in Troy. The dinner costs $20 per plate; $40 per family. A silent auction featuring artwork from local artists will take place during the dinner.

For more information contact The Center for Independent Living of the Hudson Valley at 274-0701 or http://; or The Sanctuary for Independent Media at 272-2390 or http://www.the