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Lansing, Michigan Area Post-Polio Support Group
We devoted our October meeting to encouraging and promoting assertive action by our members with regard to accessibility issues. Several actions have already taken place including
- A September presentation to the Saint Johns, MI Rotary Club re: polio issues, including accessibility
- Correspondence with owner re: absence of parking and sidewalk accessibility at Millers' winter condo rental in Florida
- Correspondence with City of Saint Johns, MI re: absence of Van accessible parking with download provisions in downtown SJ. Immediate response was that an immediate change would be made as a beginning, more to follow perhaps in another year.
- Letter to a medical office suite where handicap restroom is dangerously "arranged". We anticipate that further actions will be taken yet this fall.
Thanks for the inspiration and "helps" to take these actions. Marilyn J Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Participate in PHI’s awareness campaign.
IMPROVING COMMUNITY ACCESSIBILITY
2009 focus of WE’RE STILL HERE!
PHI members: TRY THIS!
Pick one accessibility problem in your community – maybe it is the steps at the closest dry cleaners or your physician’s office; the lack of curb cuts near your favorite coffee shop; the impossible placement of disabled parking stalls at the far end of a parking lot – and tackle it.
Experience tells us that people in charge want to make changes that will benefit their customers, all the citizens in their community – not only polio survivors but others with disabilities, the elderly, mothers with strollers. They may simply be unaware. We can help them understand.
Work with the establishment to solve the problem. Take pictures to explain, get positive publicity by calling your favorite local TV newsperson or newspaper features writer. Arrange coverage for October 11-17, 2009.
Don’t forget to report your activities to PHI at email@example.com.
Where to Start
Look what polio survivors did in Savannah!