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July 14, 2015

Journey Along the Erie Canal Completes Successful Third Tour

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:38 pm

For the third consecutive year, Journey Along the Erie Canal increased awareness of the ability inside all people with disabilities, the culmination of an inspirational, statewide bicycle trek over two weeks and 373 miles.

NYSID was the proud video sponsor of Journey Along the Erie Canal, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

John Robinson is accompanied by folks from The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, NYSARC during Journey Along the Erie Canal 2015

John Robinson and Doug Hamlin of Our Ability, their families and friends, and numerous NYSID member agencies and NYSARC, Inc. chapters participated in this third annual bicycle ride across upstate New York via the scenic and historic Erie Canalway Trail.

Herkimer ARC shows its support for John Robinson, Doug Hamlin and Our Ability

Beginning June 28 in Buffalo, Robinson and members of Our Ability traveled by bike along the Erie Canal and Canalway Trail all the way to Albany on July 10, concluding with a ceremony at Jennings Landing in the Corning Preserve in Albany.

“This ride is about empowerment and opportunity,” Robinson said. “Part of this whole thing is to remind New York State that we’re here, we have ability, and to remember us and to inspire others.”

Robinson completed the Journey using an adaptive bicycle and was accompanied by his business partner, Doug Hamlin –– himself a paraplegic –– plus his immediate and extended family, community members, cycling enthusiasts and New Yorkers of all abilities.

Cyclists from Schenectady Arc participate in the Journey as it proceeds to Golub Headquarters in downtown Schenectady

As the tour made its way across New York State, numerous advocacy groups and organizations supporting the rights of people with disabilities joined Robinson and Hamlin for portions of their Journey, including the following NYSID member agencies: Arc of Orleans; Wayne ARC​; The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, NYSARC​; Herkimer ARC​; Liberty ARC; Lexington – Chapter of NYSARC, Inc.​; and Schenectady Arc​.

Our Ability chronicled the ride, providing frequent video, blog, and social media updates.

The Journey was conceived in 2013 by Robinson, a renowned entrepreneur, advocate, and motivational speaker whose personal story has inspired thousands. As a congenital amputee born without full arms and legs, Robinson overcame countless obstacles to become a successful businessman, family man and inspirational keynote speaker. Through his organization –– Our Ability –– Robinson mentors, connects, and inspires people with disabilities toward education and employment.

Congratulations to John, Doug and Our Ability, and thanks to everyone who helped make this another successful Journey!


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