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Local Disability Advocates: “Today we focus not on the services we need, but on what we have to offer” Disability History Week Empowerment Celebration


The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State invites you to join them on Monday, October 15, 2012 at the Buffalo Public Library for their Disability Empowerment event, “Diversity Rules”, hosted by Joanna Pasceri of Channel 7 News. This celebration is planned and organized by people with disabilities for the general community.

The day will start at 9:00 am with an Empowerment March from the Rath building to the library. The message of this march is that we are people, not special, pitiable, or heroic, but people with lives who can contribute as workers, parents, citizens and community members. Followed by a press conference from 10-10:30 am at the Central Library. City Comptroller and longtime disability rights supporter Mark Schroeder, Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, Senator Tim Kennedy, and a representative from Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s office are confirmed to be in attendance. Although the budget is due to be released that day, County Executive Mark Poloncarz plans to make an appearance at the march at the Rath building.

Highlights of this year’s celebration are a panel of Advocates and NFTA representatives from the Disabled Rider’s Board to speak about some of Buffalo’s local triumphs and challenges in making the public busses accessible, an inspiring presentation by Willowbrook survivor Henry Wesley- a man who cannot speak but uses technology to communicate a profound story of survival and advocacy, and a display on Universal Design by UB’S IDEA Center.

The library is fully wheelchair accessible. American Sign Language interpretation will be available. Several organizations are helping to put on the event: Self Advocacy Association of NYS, Erie County Office of the Disabled, People Inc. Young Adult Life Transitions Program, Erie County Public Library, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, University of Buffalo, The Olmstead Center, Deaf Adult Services, WNY Independent Living, Epilepsy Foundation, and the Mental Health Association, among others.

Contact Mike Rogers at (716) 517-3565 or (716) 517-2342 for more information.


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