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County Office of Disability Services Offers Free Workshop On Accessibility

(Sewell, NJ) - The Gloucester County Office on Disability Services will offer a free workshop entitled "Removing Barriers Through Self Advocacy" on Tuesday, December 6, from 10 am until 11:30 am at the County's Offices at Five Points, 211 County House Road, Sewell, N.J.
"Our disabled community have rights so that they may access public and private places and businesses, gain housing and employment," said Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  "This workshop is targeted to help people learn about relevant laws and how to empower themselves," Sweeney said.  "Above learning about the laws, this program will teach people to identify strategies for effective self-advocacy," stated the Director.

Topics to be discussed at the Workshop will include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Section 504 of Rehab Act; Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA); and Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).  State and local laws as they apply to accessibility parameters will also be discussed.

"Marlene Perkins of United Spinal Association will be the presenter at our workshop," stated Freeholder Dr. Warren S. Wallace.  Freeholder Wallace is the county's liaison to the Office for Disability Services.  "United Spinal Association is a large national advocate organization for persons with disabilities to lead independent lives.  We are excited that she will be speaking and we are eager to listen to what she has to say," Wallace said.

"Gloucester County's Office of Disability Services does a wonderful job of assisting our disabled person's community and this unique event is designed to offer even more information to our residents.  Information is power and it is our goal to well equip our disabled citizens with both information and power," Dr. Wallace concluded.