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ADA Watch Sponsors "The Road to Freedom"

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Follow the latest news from a one-year national bus tour to promote the strength of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). ADA Watch is a MFI Sponsor Group.

ADA Watch Sponsors "The Road to Freedom"

Jim Ward directs ADA Watch, and is shown here at an MFI protest of American Psychiatric Association.

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The Road To Freedom is a national awareness campaign inspired by the historic journey of Justin and Yoshiko Dart to mobilize support for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our 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.

Throughout this  journey, national and state disability leaders will be joined by young people with disabilities, family members and others in a campaign to restore and strengthen the ADA.

Here’s how we’ll get the word out:

The Road to Freedom Bus will stop at more than 80 locations nationwide, from state capitals to disability conferences to sporting events to malls and parades.

Tom Olin’s historical photographs of the struggle for disability rights are featured in our traveling exhibit. Olin’s work has been featured at the Smithsonian Institute. This exhibit also includes a narrative of the history of the disability rights movement and the ADA.

• We plan press conferences, radio shows and TV interviews highlighting both the obstacles —and the victories— of Americans with disabilities.

• The tour will visit schools and colleges to design youth curriculum, working with our partners, the National Youth Leadership Network.

The Road To Freedom bus tour and traveling exhibit is a project of ADA Watch and the National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR), an alliance of hundreds of disability, civil rights and social justice organizations founded by disability rights advocate, Jim Ward

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Leah Harris

Leah Harris, a second generation psychiatric survivor, discovered MindFreedom in 2000 when she was 25 years old. Her first act in the mad movement was to tell her story of oppression and resistance, and to help edit stories for MindFreedom's Oral History Project. Since then, she has been working in various ways to help achieve the vision of MindFreedom: an end to all forms of psychiatric oppression, healing of all forms of "normality," and the creation of vibrant, colorful communities that honor and celebrate diversity, difference, and the full range of human experience.
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