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LILA Hosts "Road to Freedom" in Eugene, Oregon 8 May 2007

Latest information about how "Road to Freedom" will appear in Eugene, Oregon as part of their national bus tour to promote human rights for all people labeled with disabilities. The Road to Freedom Organizers, ADA Watch, is a sponsor group in MindFreedom, and support inclusion of people with psychiatric labels in the cross-disability movement.

LILA Hosts "Road to Freedom" in Eugene, Oregon 8 May 2007

Jim Ward is one of the organizers of Road to Freedom, pictured here protesting APA.

[update: 3 May 2007]

NATIONWIDE DISABILITIES RIGHTS BUS TOUR

ARRIVING IN EUGENE!!


Advocates Take Unique Approach To Raise National Awareness Of Challenges Faced By People With Disabilities


This year-long, cross-country bus journey launched from Washington, DC on November 15th, 2006 and aims to engage audiences across the United States in the story of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the history of the disability rights movement. We hope 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.
AGENDA
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 10 am – 3:30 pm
LTD Plaza and The Atrium 10th and Olive

10:00 AM   BUS ARRIVES

Welcomed By:

Jon West, Executive Director LILA, Moderator
Special Music Performance
Gene Organ, Board President Lane Independent Living Alliance, (LILA)
Hugh Massengill, Chair of the Eugene Human Rights Committee on Accessibility
Casey Martin, Head Men’s Golf Coach, U of O and Professional Golfer
Road To Freedom Bus Tour Speaker

10:00 – 3:30  Exhibits in the atrium, entertainment, informational booths, wheelchair cleaning and servicing, bus tours featuring accessibility, refreshments

2:00 PM    CLOSING CEREMONIES

Jon West, Executive Director LILA, Moderator
Music Performance
Kitty Piercy, Eugene Mayor
Sid Leiken, Springfield Mayor
Pete Sorenson, County Commissioner
Comedy performance by Bjo Ashwill and Gweneth Van Frank
Gerry Gaydos, Board President, Lane Transit District (LTD)
Terry Parker, Accessible Services Manager, LTD
Terry Coplin, Chief Executive Officer, Lane Individual Practice Association
Molly Elliot, Adaptive Recreation & Inclusion Coordinator, Hilyard Community Center
Martin Rafferty, Mind Freedom International
Gene Organ, Board President, LILA

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