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September 10, 2007

ARISE Offers Program on 'Visitability' September 20

Whether a business owner or a homeowner, accessibility is something that should always be taken into consideration.

“While growing up it was always difficult to visit friends, because their houses were inaccessible,” said Sarah Ingerson, a college student who uses a wheelchair. “Now most of the time my friends come to my house or we meet at a public place.”

ARISE is offering a training program to help others realize the benefits, the low cost, and minimum effort of adding accessibility to a building. “Visitability: Design and Construction of Access Ramps” is sponsored by the Fair Housing Council of Oswego County.

The program will be held at the Legislative Chambers in the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge Street, Oswego at 10 a.m. Sept. 20.

Glen Suckling, a retired engineer and construction manager, will share information on the design and construction of access ramps with particular attention to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and modular construction. Suckling aided Oswego's First United Methodist Church with the building of handicapped access ramps, funded through a member item from Senator Jim Wright.

“Last year one lady told me that she felt like a prisoner in her own home before the ramp was built,” said Joanne Talamo, manager of Advocacy at ARISE. “Our goal is to help as many people as possible gain access to the community. We hope to create a 'visit-able' community.”

Reservations are appreciated, but not required, by calling ARISE at 342-4088 ext. 209, or the Oswego County Fair Housing Office at 349-8263.

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