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"Those Who Are 'Not Normal' Need Not Apply"
August 3, 2004

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Mike Nichols has written several pieces about the problems that people with disabilities are facing in Ozaukee County, just north of Milwaukee.

On Saturday, he shined the spotlight back on the small town of Cedarburg, where 140 people recently signed a petition objecting to a proposed group home for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

Resistance from local community won out: The owner of the property has finally decided to sell rather than develop a community-based residential program.

Nichols also mentioned the decision by four Port Washington women with Down syndrome to pull their membership to a Slender Lady fitness center in nearby Grafton.

Last week, Inclusion Daily Express wrote that the women felt discriminated against when they were told they were not invited to participate in a parade because of "who they are".

"Those who are 'not normal' need not apply"(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 31)
"Communities, say neighbors, benefit from group homes" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - June 26)


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