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America’s First Disability Rights Museum on Wheels Comes to Pittsburgh

For Immediate Release: July 6, 2015
Contact: Shawna Berger: Phone: (800) 706-2710

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 6, 2015) – Today, the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) announced that its Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW), the country’s first disability rights mobile museum, will visit Pittsburgh, Pa. on Wednesday, July 8.

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates will host Disability Awareness Day at PNC Park to celebrate the history of disabilities rights. This celebration will begin with a special reception from 3 to 5 p.m. and then open to the public from 5 to 7 p.m. The DRMW will be located on Federal Street in front of PNC Park.

 

The DRMW is an accessible self-contained motor vehicle that features interactive learning opportunities and emerging technologies. The mobile museum kicked of its cross-country tour on June 8, 2015 in Charlotte, N.C. and provides an opportunity for people to learn about the history of the disability rights movement. It presents an eye-catching exhibit that invites visitors to participate in hands-on learning about the disability civil rights movement and the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) impact on technological innovation.

 

“In addition to receiving local support for this event from PNC Bank, Highmark and Cigna, we’re excited that Steve Van Wyk, Executive Vice President and Head of Technology and Operations of The PNC Financial Services Group, has joined the DRMW Honorary Board of Advisors,” said Jill Houghton, Executive Director, USBLN. Other distinguished members of the DRMW Advisory Board include former members of Congress, governors, senior executives from USBLN member companies and a cross section of respected leaders who have furthered the ADA’s goal of achieving equality for people with disabilities.

 

America’s DRMW has partnered with the ADA25 Legacy Project, which is celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in bringing the museum to cities around the U.S.

 

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

 

DRMW Presenting and Tour Sponsors

Presenting Partners: Hosted by Wells Fargo and EY

Tour Partners: Hosted by American Airlines, The Loreen Arbus Foundation, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Cigna, Cox Communications, GSK, Highmark, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Miami Trailer, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman Corporation, PNC Bank, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Walmart

For more information about sponsoring the DRMW, please contact Liz Taub.

 

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.

 

About The ADA Legacy Project and Tour

The Tour is a traveling exhibit rolling across the country raising awareness and building excitement toward ADA25 – the 25th anniversary of the ADA. The ADA25 Legacy Tour is inspired by the historic 50 state journey taken by the husband and wife team of Justin and Yoshiko Dart in 1988 to garner grassroots support for the yet-to-be-passed Americans with Disabilities Act.