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July 17, 2009

Americans with Disabilities Awareness Day is July 26

OSWEGO COUNTY LEGISLATURE DESIGNATES AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES AWARENESS DAY - Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann presents a proclamation designating July 26 as Americans with Disabilities Awareness Day to Jim Cronk, independent living services representative for the Oswego ARISE and Sabine Ingerson, director of the Oswego ARISE.

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Legislature recently designated July 26 as Americans with Disabilities Awareness Day to promote education about advocacy, resources and services available to county residents.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 guarantees that people with disabilities will have access to employment, public accommodations, transportation, services and telecommunications.

“As we celebrate the 19th anniversary of this truly landmark piece of legislation, this is an opportunity for us to recognize the enormous contributions of ARISE in ensuring that these rights are acknowledged and protected through advocacy and education.” said Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann.

ARISE provides a wide variety of programs and services to people of all levels of ability and their families. This includes advocacy, training and support as well as housing, employment and recreation.

The presentation was made to Sabine Ingerson, director of ARISE in Oswego and Jim Cronk, independent living services representative for ARISE in Oswego.

“The ADA has made such a tremendous difference in my own life,” said Cronk. “It took the emphasis off 'disability' and put it on 'ability' or 'capability'. Imagine walking down the street and only going into accessible buildings. It really was a challenge.”

Cronk added, “While access is still a problem in some rural areas, it has greatly improved in many larger towns and cities, including public places and services such as government buildings, shops, restaurants and transportation.”

ARISE works with residents, communities and other advocacy groups to fulfill the promise of hope and freedom envisioned by the ADA and reaffirm the dignity, independence and self-worth of people with various levels of ability.

To learn more about ARISE services, call the Oswego office at 342-4088 or the Pulaski office at 298-5726 or go to http://www.ariseinc.org/programs/oswego_services.html.

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