Disability Pride Philadelphia

Disability Pride Philadelphia
Saturday, July 28, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Event Admission: FREE
Admission to the National Constitution Center is FREE on Saturday, July 28, in honor of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


On behalf of the National Constitution Center and the Disability Pride Committee, including Liberty Resources and Vision for Equality, commemorate 22 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Philadelphia with a daylong celebration at the National Constitution Center!

Justin Dart, Jr. was a tireless activist and leader of the disability rights movement. Dart Jr. was an advocate who was instrumental in helping to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Center’s newest acquisition is the very chair Dart used while flanking President George H.W. Bush when he signed the bill into law.

Our daylong Disability Pride celebration on July 28 includes Yoshiko Dart, Justin’s wife and partner in promoting the rights and empowerment of people with and without disabilities. Free admission to the National Constitution Center all day, including a special Tom Olin and Harvey Finkle photo exhibition, guest speakers, performances, and booths.

11:00 a.m.    During a special ceremony,  the National Constitution Center will unveil the wheel chair Dart used while flanking President George H.W. Bush at the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. 

12:00 p.m.   Visitors can view a photography exhibition on the Grand Hall Overlook featuring the work of tireless advocates and documentary photographers Tom Olin and Harvey Finkle. 

2:30 p.m.     Participants will head to the Liberty Bell during a Disability Pride March. 

3:30 p.m.    Reception and music at Liberty Resources to cap off the festivities


The day will conclude with a special reception in the Atrium Lobby at Liberty Resources on 7th and Market Streets from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  For more information, visit facebook.com/DisabilityPridePhiladelphia

Or contact Kathleen Cohen Vice President of Digital Innovation and Integration National Constitution Center.
215.409.6745     [email protected]


Lawrence Carter-Long, Public Affairs Specialist for the National Council on Disability will share highlights of the day internationally via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #disabilitypride.



Should anyone be interested in housing for the Disability Pride event, we have secured special $99 rooms at the Holiday Inn Independence Mall (1 block away from the event) for July 27th and July 28th.

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Liberty Resources, Inc. is a nonprofit, consumer-driven organization that advocates and promotes independent living for persons with disabilities. More than fifty percent of our Board as well as fifty percent of our employees are persons with disabilities. Click here for more information.

The mission of Vision for Equality Inc. is to assist and empower people with disabilities and their families to seek quality and satisfaction in their lives as well as equal access to supports and services. Vision is one of the first agencies in the country to develop projects that have families and self-advocates directly monitoring services. Click here for more information.

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