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Advancing the Rights of People with Disabilities

A 48-foot interactive traveling museum touring America, the “Museum on Wheels” tells the story of the fight for equal rights by people with disabilities in the United States, celebrating the remarkable journey of dedicated activists, advocates and legislators who transformed their status from objects of heartless discrimination, fear and isolation, to full participants of mainstream society. Brought to life is their long struggle for equality, their hard fought victories, and insights into what still needs to be done.

2016 Tour Schedule:

Completed Stops:

March 31-April 1         Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, CA

April 6                          Microsoft Corporate Headquarters, Redmond, Wash

Upcoming Stops:

July 25,26                    Capital One Campus, Richmond, Virginia

September 19-22        USBLN Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida

October 18                  Prudential Disability Summit/Town Hall, Newark, NJ

*Schedule updated as of 4/28/2016

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2015 Tour Video Highlights

We have created an audio description track which runs approximately 37 minutes and provides visitors to the museum with a detailed overview of the exterior and interior of the museum and its exhibits.

The 2015 Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW) Tour launched at Wells Fargo Atrium, Charlotte, NC. This inaugural stop was hosted by DRMW Presenting Partners, Wells Fargo and EY. The stop featured a community fair, presentations by Wells and EY executives and participation by over 200 Wells Fargo employees and volunteers and the local USBLN affiliate.

The tour stop at Cox Communications in Atlanta, GA featured presentations by Senior COX executives during a lunchtime gathering of 100’s of Cox employees. Over 600 COX employees toured the museum throughout the day.

The tour stop at Chicago’s Museum Campus on the lake was hosted by DRMW Tour Partners Cigna, PNC, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, and the City of Chicago Parks and featured adaptive sports exhibitions and participation by visitors. The Chicago USBLN affiliate hosted a reception attended by local businesses, community based organizations and USBLN member companies. Also featured is a young gunshot victim who shares his personal story and we hear from Larry Labiak, the Disability Policy Officer from the Chicago Park District about the prevalence of gunshot victims and the challenges of reintegrating inner city youth and adults following traumatic injuries.

The tour stop at Boehringer Ingelheim, Ridgefield, CT included presentations by senior executives and features candid remarks from employees who share their personal experiences with disability and their perspective after having toured the museum.

The tour stop at Smithsonian, Washington, DC took place on the 25th anniversary of the American With Disabilities Act at a prime location in front of the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The stop included visits from retired Senator Tom Harkin and I. King Jordan, former president of Gallaudet University, among many other historical figures from the disability rights movement. Hundreds of disability advocates toured the museum while a mother and sister of a child with a disability share personal perspectives on living with a disability as well as the value of educating the public on the history of disability rights in America.

The tour stop at Walgreens Distribution Center, Windsor, CT features comments from the center’s Director of HR along with the Community Outreach Coordinator. Hundreds of employees with and without disabilities toured the museum.

The tour stop at WALMART Bentonville, AK and downtown Bentonville features disability resource exhibitors and adaptive sports exhibitions. The stop includes narrative from a Arkansas Department of Vocational Rehabilitation employee who provides her perspective on the museum and the parallels between the African American and Disability Rights movement. We also hear a riveting account of the museum from seven year old Sophia Shaffer, the daughter of Russell Shaffer who is Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Constituent Relations and Stakeholder Engagement at Walmart, one of the DRMW Tour Partners.

The tour stop at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA took place during Disability Awareness Day during a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. The stop was hosted by tour partners Cigna, Highmark, PNC  and Bender Consulting. The event was attended by hundreds of businesses, USBLN member companies, community based organizations and baseball fans and featured numerous vendors and an outdoor reception with hot dog, hamburgers and all the treats one would find at a baseball game. Senior executives from PNC Park, PNC Bank, Highmark and Cigna shared remarks and personal anecdotes about their experiences with disability.

The tour stops at Centene Corporation and St. Louis History Museum, St. Louis, MO feature disability rights advocate, Colleen Starkloff who provides candid insight into the importance of engaging in advocacy and promoting the civil rights of people with disabilities beyond the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The stop at Centene headquarters featured remarks from senior executive Mike Josias and included exhibits from community based organizations, including the author of an animated storybook about a Centene employee with a disability. We also learn about Centene’s focus on community based living and person centered planning being paramount to business strategy across the states where they operate. The stop at St. Loius History Museum featured more exhibitors, a job fair and numerous food trucks offering a variety of good eats for attendees.

The tour stop at Times Square, New York City, NY was hosted by our founding DRMW Presenting Partner EY and features comments from Steve Howe, EY US Chairman and Americas Managing Partner, and included attendance by over 300 EY employees. The two-day stop in the heart of Ney York City’s Times Square features comments from an eclectic mix of visitors from around the world who share their personal perspectives and experiences with disability. We also hear a special song about the museum from Times Square legend “The Naked Cowboy” as he references his personal experience with disability. 4 Wheel City’s Namel Norris makes a cameo performance.

The tour stop at the Iowa State Fair features retired Senator Tom Harkin who spent an entire day at the Fair promoting the museum. He shares his personal experiences and engages visitors throughout the day.

The tour stop at the City Reflection Pond, Houston, TX was hosted by EY, Wells Fargo and The City of Houston Mayor’s Office on Disability. We hear from Americans with Disabilities Act architect, Lex Frieden, along with the Mayor of Houston and a Wells Fargo executive from Houston. The event took place in the heart of the City Center and featured numerous exhibitors from the business and disability community.

The tour stop at Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX was hosted by DRMW Tour Partners American Airlines, Cigna, EY and Wells Fargo. Events featured an adaptive yoga class as well as food trucks and remarks from the Mayor of Dallas. We also hear from several museum visitors who share their personal perspectives and experiences with disability.

The tour stop at the State Capitol, Dover DE features remarks from Secretary Rita Landgraf, the Mayor of Dover and retired Congressman Tony Coelho. The event included a parade, multiple exhibitions by business and community based organizations and comments from several disability advocates.

The tour stop at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, NY was hosted by Loreen Arbus and the Loreen Arbus Foundation. The event was attended by Commissioner Victor Calise from the NY Mayor’s Office on Disability as well as other prominent disability advocates.

The tour stop at Express Scripts in St. Louis, Missouri featured comments by community partners and diversity consultants. Hundreds of employees toured the museum throughout the day.

The tour stop at JP Morgan Chase in Columbus, Ohio featured comments by several employees who highlight their experiences touring the museum. Hundreds of employees and community organizations toured the museum throughout the day.

 

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About the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN serves as the collective voice of nearly 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) is the nation’s leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. www.usbln.org