Mayor kicks off disability awareness month, days after disabled parking crackdown

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Mayor Annise Parker Kicks Off 3rd Annual Disability Awareness Month with Local Elected Officials and Community Organizations

Houston, TX– In an effort to raise awareness about disability issues and promote positive perceptions about the diverse contributions and abilities of America’s workers with disabilities, the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods/Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and community partners will host the 3rd Annual Disability Awareness Month Celebration on Friday, October 7, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will be held at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center Auditorium, 1475 W. Gray, Houston, Texas 77019.

This year’s (2011) campaign theme is, “Synergy for Inclusion.” In addition to honoring outstanding individuals with disabilities, this event will acknowledge persons and agencies/organizations that have stepped up to the plate to level the playing field for disabled citizens by addressing and removing barriers; providing programs/services and offering employment opportunities.

“We believe everyone should be given the opportunity to participate fully in our economy,” said Catherine Flowers, Director, City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods. “That is why we work to remove physical and attitudinal barriers for Houston’s residents.”

Right! Well, except for the Parker Administration treating fraudulent and legitimate handicapped motorists parking downtown all the same, and restricting parking privileges previously enjoyed by the disabled (just a few days ago). There’s that.

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