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Oregon County recognizes anniversary of disability act

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Act to provide handicap access called important

PROCLAMATION: The Oregon County Commission signed a proclamation July 15 recognizing the 15th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Those present were, from left: Kim Hollis, Buddy Wright, Mike Dethrow, Leo Warren, John Wrenfrow and Anne Jackson.

OREGON COUNTY -- On July 15 the Oregon County Commission signed a proclamation recognizing July 15 as the 15th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren, Northern District Commissioner Buddy Wright, Southern District Commissioner John Wrenfrow and Deputy Oregon County Clerk Kim Hollis in the absence of County Clerk Gary Hensley signed the proclamation in the commissioners' office with Anne Jackson, program manager for Ozark Independent Living (OIL), and state Rep. Mike Dethrow present.

"As elected officials in Oregon County, we (the commission) recognize the importance of the act to provide accessibility of the county premises for the disabled. The commission did comply with the ADA and erected an elevator in the courthouse, widened the doors, made restrooms accessible and created new handicapped parking spaces," Warren said.

"As we sign this proclamation this morning we are commemorating the historic signing of ADA," the commissioner said.

OIL is the main disability organization in the surrounding seven-county area including Oregon County. For almost 10 years OIL has served the resident of this area. "We believe individuals with disabilities should be able to live with self determination and participate fully in a society that is accessible to all. OIL strives to carry on the legacy of the ADA and educate the community on its importance and how it impacts all of us," Jackson said.

On July 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. OIL will hold an open house in their office located at 1009 Aid Ave. in downtown West Plains to commemorate the signing of the ADA.

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