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Improvements In Accessibility Will Help Future Generations
June 9, 2004

BUFFALO, NEW YORK--In July of 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, guaranteeing the right to equal access to public facilities and services.

The Buffalo News asked over a dozen area residents that have disabilities about the accessibility improvements which have been in Western New York during the past 14 years.

"On a scale of 1 to 100, I'd say we're up around 30," said retired attorney William Mastroleo, who has used a wheelchair for the last four years.

Tony Buchinger, an architect who specializes in making homes accessible to wheelchair users, said, "The best thing to be said about around here is we're improving,"

"It's frustrating . . . but slowly, over time, things are happening."

As the population ages, accessibility will become increasingly important to the residents of Buffalo.

"Anything can happen to anybody any day," said Jamie Lembeck, who is quadriplegic and uses a wheelchair controlled by his chin and mouth. "Every person should consider their futures as vulnerable."

"All of us are really just temporarily abled."

"Making the future accessible" (Buffalo News)


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