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October is Accessibility Awareness Month in Lancaster

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This year’s Lancaster October Accessibility Awareness Month activities will begin at the Horseshed Fair on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 725 Main St.

October is officially Accessibility Awareness Month in Lancaster. October Accessibility Awareness Month was developed by the Lancaster Commission on Disability (COD) to create awareness and education surrounding the importance of accessibility for the disabled, whether physically seen or unseen, such as hearing, emotional and other less noticeable illnesses or conditions.

Fair attendees are encouraged to visit the Accessibility Awareness booth to learn about various services and accessibility for the disabled, including American Poodles at Work, Inc. (APAW), a non-profit organization that breeds, trains, and places assistance dogs to help people with disabilities. Learn what a service dog is, what they do, see service poodle demonstrations and meet Dawn, Charlie and Eclipse, APAW service dogs in training. There will also be educational information available on disabilities and resources for the disabled, and COD members will be available to answer questions.

Additional planned activities for Accessibility Awareness Month will include the following educational events:

• A presentation by the Nurse Carpenter of SolaceRNovation on how to successfully modify living spaces for accessibility, including helpful tips on cost savings and laws associated with renovation. The event will take place on Oct. 20. at the Thayer Memorial Library from 6 to 8 p.m.

• There will also be a informative presentation by Perkins School for the Blind at the Thayer Memorial Library on Oct. 27, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. The presenter, Jaimi Lard, is a deaf-blind person who invites her audience to engage in a world governed by ingenuity, not disability. As a spokesperson for Perkins – her alma mater – she speaks through a tactile sign language interpreter, just like another Perkins pupil, Helen Keller.

• The COD will also be exhibiting at the Lancaster Wellness Fair on Oct. 14 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Community Center, 39 Harvard Road.

“In addition to these public events, we will be working at the school level during October to educate students about the challenges that disabled persons face. Our commission works hard to generate awareness on the subject of accessibility.” said Michael McCue, chairman of the Lancaster Commission on Disability.

Information on the Lancaster COD is available at:www.ci.lancaster.ma.us/Pages/LancasterMA_Disability/Index.

Source: The Telegram

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