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USBLN and Wells Fargo Officially Launch Americas First Disability Rights Museum on Wheels

June 5, 2015
Source: US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)

The US Business Leadership Network and Wells Fargo & Company today announced the launch of Americas Disability Rights Museum on Wheels, the countrys first disability rights mobile museum.

To commemorate the launch, Wells Fargo and USBLN will host a two-day event that will kick off in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 8, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Atrium with remarks and speeches by distinguished guests. Immediately following the opening event, attendees and dignitaries will be invited to tour Americas Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW), which will be located at Levine Avenue of the Arts through June 9 for tours before embarking on a cross-country tour leading into 2016.

"At Wells Fargo, we are committed to serving customers and team members with disabilities, and we are proud to support this museum. As a Presenting Partner, we are honored to be part of this historic occasion to celebrate the legacy of the disability rights movement," said Kathy Martinez, People with Disabilities Segment manager at Wells Fargo.

Americas Disability Rights Museum on Wheels is an accessible self-contained motor vehicle that features interactive learning opportunities and emerging technologies. The DRMW provides a unique opportunity to learn the fascinating history of the disability rights movement. It presents an eye-catching exhibit that invites the visitor to participate in hands-on learning about the disability civil rights movement and the technological innovation as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The museum will also be joined by the ADA Legacy Tour, a national bus tour that has traveled more than 14,000 miles commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ADA Legacy Tour has brought attention to communities across the country about the importance of preserving the past; educating future advocates; and celebrating the present milestones and accomplishments of disability rights. The ADA Legacy Tour, hosted by the ADA Legacy Project, will conclude in Washington, DC on July 26, the day the ADA became law in 1990.

"We are also thrilled to announce our collaborative partnership with the ADA Legacy Project," said Jill Houghton, Executive Director of the USBLN. "The ADAs relatively quick passage was greatly facilitated by an unprecedented grass roots movement throughout the country. The ADA Legacy Project and Tour pays tribute to the cross-disability movement that led to the passage of the ADA."

Together, the ADA25 Legacy Project and Americas Disability Rights Museum on Wheels are aligning communities with a vision that bridges the legacy of the ADA and the next 25 years.

Specifically, the DRMW is designed to help local communities:

  • Understand that the ADA is a Civil Rights law
  • Engage youth in interactive learning experiences
  • Educate the public on the history of human rights violations and the community engagement that led up to the passage of the ADA
  • Promote public awareness through social media, filmed interviews and stories with members of the disability and business communities
  • Discover the possibilities during the next 25 years through experiencing innovative and connective technologies
  • Provide business, education, government, and communities with tools for promoting full inclusion within their organizations

Locations have been identified by their proximity to geographic target markets of USBLN corporate members. The markets include Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Additionally, tour stops are aligned with several of the nations most prominent ADA Celebrations under development. Identified stops in 2015 to date include:

  • June 8-9: Charlotte, NC (official launch)
  • June 11: Cox Enterprise Headquarters, Atlanta, GA
  • June 12: Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
  • June 13-15: Center for Civil & Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
  • July 8-9: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
  • July 18: Dover, Delaware
  • July 21: Chicago, IL(tentative)
  • July 26: Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC (tentative)
  • July 31: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
  • September 14-15: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX
  • September 17-18: Houston, TX
  • September 29-October 1: USBLN National Conference & Expo, Austin, TX
  • October 2015: Ridgefield, CT
  • October 2015: NYC, NY
  • November 7-8, 2015: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

For information about sponsoring the DRMW, please contact Liz Taub at

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