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Local Groups Form Disability Coalition
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 28, 2003

BILLINGS, MONTANA--About 80 people gathered Thursday at Rimrock Mall to bring public attention to a newly-formed Disabilities Services Coalition.

The coalition, made up of 16 local disability-related organizations, joined together to provide a way to best coordinate resources for people with disabilities and their families.

Coalition members told the Billings Gazette that they intend to compliment each other's efforts, and to serve as a unified advocacy group for people in the disability community. Eventually they hope to do collaborative grant writing, said coalition member Sheryl Shockley.

"We all have disabilities, but let's focus on the abilities we have and believe that we all can succeed each in our own way," explained Shockley, whose daughter has disabilities.

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