Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 Years and Counting

Arnedra, Alex and Nathan   next to the ADA Legacy Tour bus.

Arnedra, Alex and Nathan pose next to the ADA Legacy Tour bus.

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is being celebrated this year! To commemorate this legislation, the ADA Legacy Tour stopped in Charleston, S.C., to showcase the history of the independent living movement.

Photographer Tom Olin, who is also the bus driver, has captured iconic pictures where people with disabilities have fought for their civil rights.  During the ’80s and ’90s, many protesters would chain themselves to fences or crawl up steps to the Capitol Building. Often times, they would be arrested.

Protesters crawling up steps.

Protesters crawling up steps.

Since the passage of the ADA, progress has been made to improve access and quality of life for those with disabilities. Through advocacy and education, we all can make a difference! Thanks to everyone who came to support The Legacy Tour. Here is The Post and Courier’s article: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150601/PC16/150609893/1005/ada-legacy-tour-helps-promote-community-in-charleston

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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