Marchers Honor Disabled Law Anniversary

Jul 24, 2014

Marchers head down Montgomery Street to recognize 24th anniv of Americans with Disabilities Act.
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  Chanting, “Disabled and proud, say it loud,”  disabled Central New Yorkers and their supporters were proud today to remember the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  A group of 100 or more marched the streets of downtown Syracuse just before noontime…much of their focus to change perceptions.  Linda Feltus is an employment consultant with Enable-T-L-S…and she’s helped a variety of people succeed in the workplace.

"Anything form cleaning to people working in law office working as couriers and clerical people, people working up at OCC in the kitchen.  I have someone that’s actually working in a day care center.  They hired him as a part time person after school and now he works full-time.”

Feltus adds the people she helps also have a range of education from college grads to those who haven’t finished High School.  She was carrying a sign to convince businesses…who she she thinks haen’t rally come around.

Linda Feltus works with Enable-TLS as an employment consultant
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  “Employers, business owners, this is great today, but I don’t see many business owners out here to understand what it’s all about.”

Before the march Nick Pirro, the former Onondaga County Executive, was given an award for efforts to make sure the county is accessible to all. 

Today’s event was put on by a number of groups that provide disability advocacy and services including Enable, Arise, Aurora and Arc of Onondaga, along with the city, county and community groups.  

Marchers stretched most of the block carrying signs and chanting to bring awareness to creating opportunities for the disabled.
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