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July 26, 2012

Americans with Disabilities Awareness Day is July 26

OSWEGO COUNTY LEGISLATURE DESIGNATES AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES AWARENESS DAY - The Oswego County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee presented a proclamation designating July 26, 2012 as Americans with Disabilities Awareness Day. At hand for the presentation were (from left) to Jim Cronk, Oswego ARISE; James Karasek, District 22; Committee Vice Chairman Ronald Sakonyi, District 5; Amy Tresidder, District 16; Committee Chairman John Proud, District 7; Sabine Ingerson, director of the Oswego ARISE; Kris Rabideau, Oswego ARISE; Kathy Mahar, Oswego ARISE; Terry Wilbur, District 21; Margaret Kastler, District 1; Morris Sorbello, District 23; and Douglas Malone, District 20.

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Legislature recently designated July 26, 2012 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 22nd anniversary of this 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 Legislator John Proud, District 7, chairman of the Oswego County Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee.

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, along with staff members Kris Rabideau, Jim Cronk, and Kathy Mahar.

ARISE works with residents, businesses, public entities, and other community and 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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