Journey Along the Erie Canal, an Amazing Ride to Promote Inclusivity of People with Disabilities in the Workplace

June 8, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani
On Friday, June 8, John Robinson and Doug Hamlin will commence their sixth annual ‘Journey Along the Erie Canal,’ a 350-mile, 12-day bicycle ride across New York via the historic Erie Canalway Trail.
The two men are partners in Our Ability, a network of services that champions the inclusivity of people with disabilities in the workplace. Each day during the Journey, Robinson, Hamlin and other members of Our Ability will collect video stories and photos to raise awareness for people with disabilities, all while sharing the beauty of New York State!
This year’s ride highlights the growth of the 30 business-member New York Business Leadership Network (NYBLN), a coalition of businesses in New York State interested in both hiring and supporting businesses owned by individuals with disabilities.
Nineteen volunteers from M&T Bank, a NYBLN member organization, will join Our Ability for the first leg of the trip. Two dozen will also help see the riders off with a start-line celebration.
For a complete list of events and itinerary, visit
Friday, June 8, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Canalside – Whipple Truss Bride
44 Prime Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
(Cover photo courtesy: Journey Along the Canal, 2017)


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