On May 3 and 4, UNCG will be one of only three locations in the state to be part of the Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Act’s passing, hosted by UNCG and the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. The ADA, historic civil rights legislation, was signed into law on July 26, 1990, and has been the catalyst for sweeping changes in accessibility to employment, goods, services and programs for people with physical and mental disabilities.

The ADA Legacy Tour Bus “The Road to Freedom” will be on campus Sunday, May 3, and Monday, May 4. The bus features several exhibits chronicling the legislation and its impact, and the ADA quilt where advocates add their signature to thousands of others who have participated in the Tour.

Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m. in the Elliot University Center there will be a short program commemorating the ADA legislation and its future. Key speakers include Dr. Dana Dunn, acting chancellor, provost, executive vice chancellor, UNCG; Dr. Michael Mayer, senior partner, Community Resource Alliance; Chris Eagan, executive director of the N.C. Council on Developmental Disabilities; and Remington Brown, a 2015 graduate of UNCG’s Integrative Community Studies Certificate Program of Study (part of Beyond Academics).

(To see Remington Brown’s letter to the editor in the April 30 News & Record, click here.)

Beyond Academics is North Carolina’s first and only four-year certificate program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and one of only a few four-year programs in the country. It is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation with a student enrollment for fall 2015 of 64 students.

Beyond Academics is a comprehensive model that is a highly sought after and respected program of study for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recently, Joan Johnson, executive director of Beyond Academics, accepted the prestigious Helen C. “Holly” Riddle award, which recognized the work of the Beyond Academics team and partners in the development of this innovative program, at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities awards.

ADA Legacy Tour Schedule of Events

Sunday, May 3

Noon-1:30 p.m.: “Road to Freedom” ADA25 Legacy Tour Bus and exhibit open for viewing on College Avenue in front of the UNCG Alumni House

Monday, May 4

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: “Road to Freedom” ADA25 Legacy Tour Bus returns for viewing

11 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: Elliot University Center auditorium: Educational program featuring guest speaker Dr. Michael Mayer, senior partner, Community Resource Alliance and Chris Eagan, executive director of the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities. Plus comments by Remington Brown, a 2015 graduate of UNCG’s Integrative Community Studies Certificate Program of Study (part of Beyond Academics).

12:15 – 2 p.m.:  Additional festivities, food trucks, music, entertainment and giveaways