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Promoting inclusion and integration in March

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis declared March Disability Awareness Month.

Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 11:12 AM
Updated: Mar. 7, 2018 11:20 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — March is Disability Awareness month and West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis is encouraging people to get involved.

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Dennis announced people should recognize Disability Awareness Month at the weekly board of works meeting at the Morton Community Center Tuesday. You can take time to recognize people with disabilities in your community.

Pause and reflect on the different challenges people face everyday. The mission is to promote integration and inclusion for all people.

"Whether it's a person with a mobility disability or a person who has a visual or a hearing impairment, we just like to take time out each year and think about those individuals and remember that they're part of our community too and what makes up our community," said ADA consultant David Meihls.

Meihls said West Lafayette city leaders have worked on this for seven years.

"We try to explain the requirements to them in a manor that's not offensive," Meihls said. "Ultimately, it just helps their business to be more inclusive which helps us as a city to have a more inclusive city."

They want to make sure the city meets different ADA requirements. This includes updating parks, buildings, and other city departments.

There are several events happening across our viewing area to help raise awareness. On March 24, Special Parents-Special Kids Inc. is hosting an event in Lafayette. This is the groups 3rd annual autism awareness fundraiser. All proceeds help families in the area who have children with special needs.

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