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Friends Ask District For More Than Compliance
February 23, 2004

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA--Schools within the Seneca Valley School District meet federal guidelines for accessibility.

Rowan Elementary School even has an accessible restroom within a third-grade classroom for teacher Kyle Pinta.

Pinta, 53, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the children are accepting and understanding of her disability and, as a consequence, the disabilities of others.

"They understand not to run around people who are with canes or walkers, because they might hurt them," she said. "It's just an awareness thing. When you have a face to attach to a disability, it's much more real to you."

With all that awareness and consideration, you might wonder why Pinta is asking the district to form a committee to look at ways of making district buildings more accessible.

Pinta and her friend, Paula Bonino, pointed out at a school board meeting two weeks ago that there are still many barriers for people with disabilities who want to take part in events such as graduation, concerts, plays, and award ceremonies. Automatic doors and a ramp to the visitors area of the football field are a couple of examples they gave.

"The compliance is already there," said Pinta, "but we're looking for kindness and consideration, above and beyond compliance."

Related article:
"Pair asks Seneca Valley to upgrade facilities, access for handicapped" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


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