Mark the 15th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act at Groundbreaking National Liberty Museum Exhibit

Philadelphia Museum’s ‘Exceptional Americans’ Exhibit Features 33 Americans With Disabilities

PHILADELPHIA, July 19 /PRNewswire/ — July 26, 2005 marks a milestone for tens of millions of Americans: the fifteenth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. There is no better location to celebrate this landmark day than Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum, which houses the nation’s only exhibit honoring Americans with disabilities – called “Exceptional Americans.”

“Exceptional Americans” honors 33 American heroes who have achieved remarkable success while coping with a physical or mental disability. Here, National Liberty Museum visitors meet visionaries such as Erik Weihenmayer, the blind mountain climber who conquered all seven of the traditional “Seven Summits” – including Mount Everest and Mount Denali! The exhibit highlights the challenges and success of politicians, athletes, entertainers and more – from Lance Armstrong to Christopher Reeve to Janet Reno – using images, text and audiovisuals. It also recognizes the heroic role of caregivers.

The National Liberty Museum will mark the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by distributing free, take-home tour guides to the “Exceptional Americans” exhibit to all visitors. Tour brochures, which feature 33 disabled American heroes in the “Exceptional Americans” exhibit, will be distributed at this unique exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2005. Regular Museum admission is $5 – adults, $4 – seniors and $1 – children.

Today, about 14 percent of Americans today over the age of five have at least one disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act is the sweeping law responsible for countless changes in American society that make everyday life more livable for our estimated 37.5 million disabled citizens. The ADA opened the doors to employment and travel, and brought now commonplace measures such as ramped curbs, handicapped restrooms and sign language interpreters in public performances. For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, visit http://www.ada.gov/. For more information about Americans with disabilities, visit http://www.census.gov/.

The National Liberty Museum is dedicated to celebrating democracy and diversity, promoting respect and defusing violence. Located at 321 Chestnut Street in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district, the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The facility is fully wheelchair accessible. For more information on the Museum, call (215) 925-2800 or visit http://www.libertymuseum.org/.

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