The Bigger Picture, Issue 19

It’s time for another round of stories and updates here on The Bigger Picture!

Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act Will Make Homes Accessible

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, of the Illinois 9th Congressional District, introduced a big piece of legislation on Tuesday, 7/28, which would extend the use of the ADA to homes built with federal funding. This is an excellent move, and we certainly hope it will be carried on to become law. You can read more about this story from The Huffington Post by clicking here.

Bus Driver Yells At Disabled Woman ‘You Shouldn’t Even Be On The Bus’

Our next story is going to be a somewhat disheartening one (and possibly even anger-inducing), as it shows that discrimination and attitudes towards people with disabilities is still very much alive and at work in the world.  Literary translator Liz Henry from San Francisco uses her wheelchair to get around town, and that includes taking the municipal bus service to her job at Mozilla. When trying to use the bus to get to work recently, she was met with a great deal of resistance, deference and discrimination from the bus driver. This article from SFist explains the ordeal and contains videos from the bus’ cameras of the incident. (The audio on these videos is a bit low.)

FEMA, Ad Council Launch New PSA Focused on People with Disabilities Preparing for Emergencies

On July 23, the Ad Council and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the launch of a new public service advertisement (PSA) to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. While the PSA targets all communities, We Prepare Every Day is the first in a series of videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. You can read the rest of the press release here, and the video is at this link. This video has open captioning.


Recent events at NWGA CIL…

If you weren’t able to join us for the spectacular ADA Celebration Open House last week, you also missed seeing two new items in our lobby: our Donor Wall, and our 2015 Proclamation from the City of Rome and Floyd County. This month, Maia went to the City Commission and County Commission meetings to be presented with a Proclamation from both entities marking July 22, 2015, as “Americans With Disabilities Act Awareness Day”.

Maia is presented the 2015 Proclamation by the Rome City Commission.

Maia is presented the 2015 Proclamation by the Rome City Commission.

And here she receives the Proclamation signed by the Floyd County Commission.

And here she receives the Proclamation signed by the Floyd County Commission.

Hanging in our lobby, we have the Proclamation from 2004, with the 2015 Proclamation sharing the wall with it. Here’s a glimpse of the documents, but you can come by our office in Rome to see these great items in person! All of us here at NWGA CIL are so thankful to the City of Rome and Floyd County, and we are all also so very proud of these documents and the city & county’s proclaimed commitment to follow the ADA to make our community more accessible to people with disabilities!

2004 Proclamation

2004 Proclamation

2015 Proclamation

2015 Proclamation

Also in the lobby we have our new Donor Wall! The Donor Wall honors those who have given of their resources and/or time to help Northwest Georgia Center for Independent Living. Here’s a glimpse at it, but again, you can come to our office to see it in all of its glory!


That’s all we have for you this week, friends! Join us again next week for more news from the IL world and from NWGA CIL!

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