The rallying cry of the disability rights movement has long been, “Nothing about us without us.” This means that decisions about the policies, services, and other initiatives regarding people with disabilities must necessarily be made by people with disabilities. 

This principle is the basis of The ADA Legacy Project. 


Legacy Council




  • Joyce A. Bender - CEO, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Kelly Buckland - Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living
  • Deidre Davis - Attorney and CEO, DYSability Dynamics
  • Merrill Friedman - Director, Disability Policy Engagement, Wellpoint
  • Bill Gaventa - Summer Institute on Theology and Disability; Editor, Gleanings; National Collaborative on Faith and Disability
  • Sandy Hanebrink - Executive Director, SignAids.com/Touch the Future
  • Susan Henderson - Executive Director, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
  • Jill Houghton - Executive Director, U.S. Business Leadership Network 
  • Andy Imparato - Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Marsha Katz - Organizational Consultant, Rural Institute, University of Montana
  • John Kemp - Executive Director, Viscardi Center
  • Robin Jones - The ADA National Network
  • Anil Lewis - Deputy Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind
  • Christina Mills - Deputy Director, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers and Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud
  • David Morrissey - Executive Director, United States International Council on Disabilities
  • Stephanie Thomas - ADAPT
  • Colleen Wieck - Executive Director, Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities



  • Kim Brussell - Director, Development & External Relations, The Viscardi Center
  • Katherine Ott - Smithsonian Institution, Division of Medicine and Science
  • Sarah Triano


Fiscal Agent


ADA25 Celebrity Ambassadors


Work Groups

  • Preservation Work Group
  • Celebration Work Group (with ADA Legacy Tour Team)
  • Education Work Group

(Note: if you are interested in joining a work group or team, please contact Kristen Vincent)


Project Team


ADA25 Team


ADA Legacy Tour Team


Museum on Wheels Team

  • Andrew Houghton - Coordinator
  • Content: Alice Elliott Welcome Change; Alison Gilkey and Eric Neudel - Storyline Motion Pictures; Colleen Wieck - Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities; Doug Platt - Museum of disABILITY History; Mat Darby - Richard B. Russell Museum, University of Georgia; Steve Brown - Disability Culture Institute; TJ Neuville - Millersville University;