Written by Laurie Jachym
Staff and students from CPCC participated last week in the ADA Legacy Tour to commemorate 25 years of the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act). The tour is traveling across the county this year to provide celebration and education on the ADA and the history of disability rights. Disability Services was invited to attend and participate in the event when the bus stopped in Charlotte last week. Staff from Disability Services, Interpreting Services, and Human Resources along with CPCC students were in attendance.
Outisde of the ADA bus.
Inside the Disability Rights Museum bus, the history of disability rights in America.
The history of disability rights in America is very interesting and important to American history. The photo above shows the inside of the Disability Rights Museum bus that was on display at the event.
The museum was filled with photos, videos, and timelines to give all who attended a glimpse into how disability rights were developed as well as the landscape today.
ADA history - ADA becomes Law in 1990.
Rachel and Chance view ADA history.
Serena views ADA history.
Alysia learns more about assistive technology.
This part of history is not always easy to take in because of the atrocities that occurred in the past to people with disabilities. However, watching the uprising of non-violent protests and demonstrations that lead to the creation the ADA are very powerful and moving. Rachel Megahan, Disability Counselor, had this to say about the event:
“After experiencing the ADA tour – it made me think how easily forgotten ADA is. It is nice to have days like yesterday, for people to stop by and just to visit….at least to remember the importance of ADA. One of things I was watching in the museum – it was mentioned that ADA was not discussed much in schools so young kids do not know much about it and as result of that, people don’t realize the importance of ADA. I think it is important to continue promote awareness about ADA in some ways.”
Some of the Disability Services staff participated in both days of the tour in Charlotte, June 8-9, 2015 . Each day, the museum bus was open to the public for tours. The first day of the event included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a panel discussion of the ADA, shown below.
Ribbon cutting ceremony.
Day two was very special, as CPCC staff and students recited “A Credo for Support” to urge the community to show respect and dignity to people with disabilities.
CPCC group in front of the ADA museum bus.
If you get a chance to see the legacy tour this year do not miss it! The days we spent with the Legacy Tour were educational and inspiring. Learning about how disability rights were established in this country is something we should all take time to do. The tour helps us understand that it’s not just about disability rights, but basic human rights, as we are all in this together.
Photos taken by Laurie Jachym and Rachel Megahan