ADA 25th Anniversary Celebrations - mark your calendar!

Mental Health Task Force / Make It Work Milwaukee Update

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights legislation that continues to improve countless lives. There will be a number of exciting Milwaukee events to celebrate this tremendous milestone for the rights of people with disabilities. This includes the Road to Freedom Bus which will make two stops in Milwaukee on June 26. The bus is traveling across the country to raise awareness of the ADA.

Please see below for information about ADA 25 events or For more local events & updates visit, check out ADA25MKE on Facebook or use the #ADA25MKE hashtag.

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force will also be working on an ADA 25 event for the fall. We will be discussing plans at our June 9th meeting - stay tuned for details!

As part of the celebration, the ADA25 MKE committee is collecting stories of how the ADA has impacted people during its lifetime. What has the ADA meant to you? How will you contribute to progress for people with disabilities in the next 25 years? Tell us.

People of all ages, disabilities and those without disabilities are encouraged to share. Stories can be composed in written format (250 words or less) or via video (2–3 minutes in length). Those submitting written stories may also send a photo of themselves if they wish. The best stories will be featured during Milwaukee area celebration events the weekend of July 25–26. To submit a story please send an email to [email protected] by June 23. Questions may also be directed to this email address.

Note: If you would like to share your story but need assistance to write it up, let me know and we will try to connect you someone who can help.

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director: DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
414–773–4647 Fax
[email protected]

#ADA25MKE Upcoming Events

June/July The Journey national touring art exhibit from the Kennedy Center/VSA at IndependenceFirst

June 26 National ADA Legacy Bus Tour

10–11 am Harley-Davidson Museum Lot with dignitaries
12–4 pm Curative Care Network at Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus

July 17 Wheels & Heels Rush on Festa Team Obstacle Course at Festa Italiana (NSCIA)

July 20 Ex Fabula ADA Stories 7 pm Skylight Theater (Broadscope Disability Services)

July 22 Brewers Game Miller Park Celebrating the ADA 1:10 pm (Easter Seals, Milwaukee County Office For Persons with Disabilities, Life Navigators, others)

July 24 Gallery Night at IndependenceFirst 5–9 pm The Journey, 7 pm Artist Talkback

July 25 Adaptive Sports & Rec Expo at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis (VA Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, 40+ displays)

July 26 ADA Celebration at Wil-o-way at Grant Park in South Milwaukee

These events are planned and sponsored by over 50 area individuals, government entities, corporations & organizations who believe in the promise of accessibility and opportunity for people with disabilities to fully participate and contribute through the provisions of the ADA throughout Metro Milwaukee. The group has been convened by IndependenceFirst.

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