Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Any Community Can Be Made More Accessible, More Welcoming To All
October 4, 2004

JUPITER, FLORIDA--Last week, dis-Abilities columnist Allan Appel looked at efforts by advocates in Port Clinton, Ohio to make their town more accessible.

Port Clinton is a small town of just over 6,000 residents on the shores of Lake Erie.

Late last year, the town formed a panel to deal with accessibility problems. That panel includes the mayor, city council president, safety-service director and executive director of a residential service center. A citizen volunteer group, working with the panel, has already initiated changes to sidewalks and curb cuts, and has gotten an automatic door installed at City Hall.

"These improvements do more than benefit those with disabilities," wrote Appel. "With our population aging, the elderly reap as much of a benefit as the disabled. Effectively, the quality of life of the entire community is enhanced."

"And Port Clinton stands to become a model of accessibility. Which can only be helpful in promoting tourism for the area."

Entire article:
"Making a community more accessible" (Scripps Howard News Service via Knoxville News-Sentinel)


©2018 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email:   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.