Disability Awareness Conference held in Grand Rapids

5:57 PM, Oct 4, 2010   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Monday was disability awareness day in Grand Rapids and as part of that, a collaboration of ten local agencies took part in a disability awareness conference.

Attendees learned about community resources for the disabled as well as their rights and responsibilities. 

Organizers talked about what the disabled community can do to get the attention of lawmakers.  David Bulkowski with Disability Advocates of Kent County said, "One of the things so that we are talking to legislators is saying similar things.  If 20 of us say we need housing, there's a high likelihood they're going to listen to us.  But if one of us is saying we need additional support for housing, we get lost in the clutter."

LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church hosted the disability awareness conference.  The Hope Network, the Michigan Commission for the Blind and the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan were among the agencies that took part.

By Jeff White

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