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ECNV to Host 25th Anniversary ADA Legacy Tour April 20 in Arlington
Friday, April 17, 2015
by: Brianna Gross, Communications Manager

Section: 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brianna Gross -- 703/673-4497 --

Arlington, VA, April 17, 2015 -- The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is pleased to announce that the ADA Legacy Tour will be stopping at ECNV’s office building at 2300 Clarendon Boulevard on April 20, 2015, for a 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). ECNV, a center for independent living that provides resources and advocacy for people with disabilities in Northern Virginia, will host the community celebration with the "Road to Freedom" ADA Bus.

The ADA Legacy celebration is open to the entire community and will include pictures with the “Road to Freedom” ADA Bus which will be parked outside the building, and presentations and refreshments inside the lobby. The bus also brings a display on the history of self-advocacy from the Museum of disABILITY History, a “Because of the ADA...” booth where people can add their own photos and stories, and an ADA quilt which participants from across the country will sign at every stop.

The ADA Legacy Tour is a grassroots effort uniting people across the country in celebration of the 25th anniversary. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability and is considered the most important disability rights legislation to this day. “The Road to Freedom” bus is stopping in 46 states in 2015 and the April 20th event in Arlington is the only scheduled Virginia stop.

“ECNV is thrilled to host the ADA Legacy Tour on April 20th,” said Brewster Thackeray, Executive Director of ECNV. “Northern Virginia has a large, vibrant disability community and we cannot wait to celebrate the anniversary together with our friends and allies.”

The history of the ADA Bus began in 2007 when disability rights advocates drove it to 48 states to raise awareness of and support for disability rights. This year’s tour is organized by the ADA Legacy Project and led by disability rights advocates Mark Johnson, Director of Advocacy at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia, and Tom Olin, the leading disability rights photographer.

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the ADA, the 30th anniversary of the Virginians with Disabilities Act, and the 50th anniversary of the Medicaid and Medicare program. ECNV will also be saluting these three landmarks in disability history at the ECNV Annual Awards Reception on June 11, 2015.

For more information on the ADA Legacy Tour, please visit

This event is co-sponsored by the Arc of Northern Virginia, Brain Injury Services, and ECNV Board President Lee Page. For sponsorship opportunities please contact or 703/525-3268.


The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, Inc. (ECNV) is a community-based resource and advocacy center which is managed by and for people with disabilities. ECNV promotes independent living (IL) philosophy and equal access for all persons with disabilities. We operate from a philosophy of consumer control and peer-to-peer relationships to empower people with all types of disabilities to direct their own lives.
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