OREGON COUNTY -- The month of October has been declared Disability Awareness Month by Ozark Independent Living (OIL), and the Oregon County Commission signed a proclamation Oct. 7 declaring the month Disability Awareness Month in Oregon County. Commissioners Leo Warren, Buddy Wright and John Wrenfrow joined state Rep. Mike Dethrow and Ann Jackson, program manager for OIL, at the courthouse to sign and discuss the proclamation.
OIL serves persons with disabilities in seven counties in southern Missouri, including Oregon County.
"Many disabled friends and neighbors have difficulty with things we take for granted," Warren said as he signed the proclamation.
Jackson said for 10 years OIL has helped empower people with disabilities to live independently through choice and opportunity.
"OIL believes people with disabilities should be able to live with self determination and participate fully in a society that is accessible to all," Jackson said. She added that OIL strives to carry on the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act and educate the community on its importance and how it impacts everyone.
"We urge all citizens of Oregon County to become familiar with the benefits offered by OIL," Warren said