Mar 08, 2010
Trenton- In recognition of President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s movement for change and the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the New Jersey Metro Chapter and the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society have organized an “Accessibility Tour” at the State House in Trenton.
The Accessibility Tour will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 8th, 2010 at the State House starting at the main entrance on West State Street in Trenton, New Jersey. Legislators who will be participating in the tour will include Assemblywoman Quijano of Union County; Assemblyman Fuentes of Camden County; Assemblyman Albano of Cumberland County.
The tour will feature manual wheelchairs to be used by the legislators and other volunteers on a walking tour of the State House. The goal of this Accessibility Tour is to break down physical barriers that hinder people with disabilities from gaining physical access into public and private places and to foster inclusion.
Advocates are challenging political leaders to spend a day in a wheelchair to experience life from the perspective of someone living with a physical disability such as decreased mobility. Friends of the community are welcome and encouraged to join in for this movement for change and join the tour on March 8.
The mission of the Accessibility Tour is to travel throughout New Jersey to do assessments and evaluations of public and private places advocating, educating and urging them to make their places accessible, to fulfill their obligation to the ADA law and be part of President Obama’s movement for change.
The press and media are invited for the Accessibility Tour. For further information, please contact the New Jersey Metro Chapter at 732-598-0113.
WHEN: Monday, March 8, 2010
WHERE: State House on West State Street, Trenton, NJ - meet at main entrance
TIME: 12:00 pm
WHY: Evaluation of public places advocating, educating and urging for change to make spaces accessible for all.
WHO: Legislators confirmed to attend include: Assemblywoman Quijano of Union County; Assemblyman Fuentes of Camden County; Assemblyman Albano of Cumberland County.
Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.
We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
For more information, contact the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society at: 732.660.1005 or online at www.nationalMSsociety.org/NJM