All over the country, people have been celebrating ADA 25 Week. One of the most amazing things has been the ADA Legacy Bus Tour, which has been traveling all over the United States with its mobile disability history museum that features the photographs of social documentarian Tom Olin. A list of some of the ADA events can be found at the ADA Legacy Project's website and began with a reception at the White House, organized by Disability Community Liaison and Associate Director to the Office of Public Engagement, Maria Town. You can watch President Obama's speech below (the video should be captioned). However, it unfortunately does not have Haben Girma's wonderful introduction. Also Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project, joined the reception via a telepresence robot! This resulted in several fun articles, including one on Wired called, "The President is Now Taking Robot Visitors" and made Gizmodo's list of "The 5 Best Times Obama Met with Robots." Photos of Haben and Alice at the reception can be found below the video.
You can see Tia's portrait below. It says, "We want the community to see us as friends, co-workers and neighbors instead of clients and patients. And to get rid of all those labels that hurt people." Also, the image below links to the main website where you can watch videos and view the rest of the portraits.