Eva’s Heroes to Commemorate 25 Anniversary of ADA

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 25, 2015 — To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the historic passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25), Eva’s Heroes will host the much-anticipated ADA Legacy Tour as it makes two stops in San Antonio on Friday, February 27, 2015. The first stop will be at the H-E-B at 410 and Bandera and will last from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The second stop will be at Morgan’s Wonderland and will last from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be no cost to attend either stop.
The ADA Legacy Tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise public awareness and generate excitement about ADA25. The tour is produced by The ADA Legacy Project, Disability Rights Center, ADA National Network, and the Museum of disABILITY History. Eva’s Heroes proudly welcomes a visit from the year-long, nationwide tour, which will culminate in Washington, DC on July 26, 2015, exactly 25 years after President George HW Bush signed the ADA into law.
“Eva’s Heroes was founded with the purpose of enriching the lives of young adults with intellectual special needs, and one way we can do that is by raising awareness about the disabilities rights movement,” said Christine Perkins-Garcia, co-founder and board president of Eva’s Heroes. “The ADA Legacy Tour offers San Antonians an opportunity to learn more about the ADA and how it has enriched the lives of persons with disabilities in our community, workplaces, and our economy.”
The ADA Legacy Tour will feature the ADA Bus, a four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, a disability film, displays on the preservation of disability history, celebration of significant events in disability history, and efforts to educate future generations of disability advocates, and more.
It is fitting that the ADA Legacy Tour will stop at both H-E-B and Morgan’s Wonderland, as both organizations have done a tremendous amount to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities in San Antonio.
“H-E-B employs more than 85,000 Partners (employees) and we are committed to making each of their lives better. Our commitment to diversity stands on the foundation that Each and Every Person Counts, and that includes people with disabilities,” explained Sonia Quirino Canales, diversity manager, H-E-B. “We also believe that our community benefits when all people have the opportunity to contribute their talent and energy to the workforce, and that is why H-E-B continues to hire more individuals with disabilities.”
The City of San Antonio has demonstrated a commitment to protecting the rights of all San Antonians, including those with disabilities. Over the past two decades, the City has eliminated architectural barriers to inclusivity and improved wheelchair accessibility to the River Walk. While the City of San Antonio works to make the city’s cultural resources, businesses, and government buildings accessible, The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation has opened a fully accessible amusement park designed with inclusivity and accessibility in mind so that all guests can enjoy Morgan’s Wonderland many offerings.
“Inclusion is the overarching objective for Morgan’s Wonderland,” Gordon Hartman, founder of Morgan’s Wonderland and the Gordon
Hartman Family Foundation, explained. “Our vision is to play an instrumental role in helping establish more ultra-accessible family fun th
parks throughout the nation and the world. Morgan’s Wonderland is truly a beautiful place, and as we prepare to celebrate the 25 Anniversary of the ADA, Morgan’s Wonderland serves to demonstrate how inclusive and accessible environments benefit the entire community, not just those with special needs.”
The mission of the ADA Legacy Project is to preserve disability history, to celebrate significant milestones and accomplishments of the disability rights movement, and to educate the public and future generations of advocates.
About Eva’s Heroes
Eva’s Heroes is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on four tenets: interact, grow, learn, and love. Based in San Antonio, the organization helps teens and young adults 14 years of age and older, who have intellectual special needs, to integrate and flourish in society. For information, visit: www.EvasHeroes.org.