N.O.D. Taking Applications For Accessible America Contest
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 29, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC--Can you boast that your town is "disability-friendly"?
If so, the National Organization on Disability wants to hear from you.
N.O.D. is taking nominations for the 4th annual "Accessible America" award competition, which is open to all U.S. cities and towns that encourage their citizens with disabilities to be fully included in their communities.
"People who have disabilities are part of every community, and deserve to feel welcomed in the towns and cities where they live," said N.O.D. Vice Chairman Christopher Reeve in a press statement. "Communities that make strong efforts to be accessible and welcoming to those of us with disabilities serve their citizens and visitors, and these communities gain culturally, socially, and economically."
Past Accessible America winners are Venice, Florida with a population of 18,000; Irvine, California with a population of 143,000; and Phoenix, Arizona with a population of 3.2 million.
This year's winner will be a city or town where people with disabilities have full access to education, jobs, voting, transportation, housing, religious worship, "and a full range of social, recreational, cultural and sports activities". Nominees will also be judged on how prepared they are to handle emergencies for citizens with disabilities.
To enter the competition, communities must submit an official Accessible America application signed by their mayor describing how their city or town (or county representing unincorporated communities) provides opportunities for citizens with disabilities to participate fully in community life.
For questions or copies of the application form, you can contact Nancy Starnes, N.O.D. Vice President & Director of Partnership Programs at 202-293-5960, or TDD 202-293-5968 or email: Starnes@nod.org.