December 12, 1990 |
Cherry Hill agreed last week to take measures to improve access for handicapped people at 14 township parks, thereby averting a court hearing planned for today on whether recent renovations at the parks had violated state law. The agreement closes a year of sometimes bitter disagreement on the matter, which began when Mindy Rosen, a Cherry Hill resident whose son is disabled, complained to the state that the $470,000, two-year renovation project...
June 26, 1988 |
Tired of the same old unfulfilling summer by the pool or the beach? The Citizen Advocacy Program of Mount Holly, which is sponsored by the New Jersey Association for Retarded Citizens, suggests volunteer work for the summer for anyone 18 years or older. The program's coordinator, Deborah Fitzgerald, said volunteers will work one-to-one with individuals suffering from some form of cerebral palsy, epilepsy and/or mental retardation. "A lot of these people are discriminated against and they just need somebody there to ensure their rights and to protect their interests and needs," said Fitzgerald.
July 16, 1987 |
The future use of a house on Ladomus Avenue occupied by two handicapped people is causing a stir in Ridley Park. Residents of the first block of Riverview Avenue, which parallels Ladomus, said at Tuesday night's council meeting that they were worried that the property, owned by an organization that finds housing for people with handicaps, would evolve into a group home. They said that the grass on the property had not been cut since the occupants moved in, about three weeks ago, and that trash was not put out for collection during their first two weeks of occupancy.
October 26, 1997 |
Most parks don't have a motto, but if the newly opened Pioneer Park had one, it might be "Don't Give Up. " After the community service committee of the Burlington County Association of Realtors decided the group would build a playground accessible to handicapped people, "even a lot of our members said it couldn't be done," said Sam Moore, a committee member. Five years and more than $50,000 later, Pioneer Park opened Wednesday on the grounds of the county Special Services School District's Westampton campus.
December 20, 1990 |
Chuck Hallgren and his family live in East Fallowfield, south of Coatesville - away from most forms of public transportation, away from stores and offices. His two sons, Jason, 17, and Christian, 15, have muscular dystrophy and must use wheelchairs. A few years ago, his wife, Susan, lost the use of her right side and often also must use a wheelchair. His 11-year-old daughter, Heather, is in good health. Hallgren is the only family member able to drive. "If you can get yourself down to West Chester, you can pick up SEPTA, and you can get down to 69th Street (in Upper Darby)
August 20, 1993 |
The one of the fastest quadriplegic swimmers in the United States can now spend most of her time in the Springfield Country Club pool, instead of getting in and out of it. Mildred Giovanni, of Yeadon, who has backstroked in competitions all over the world, and was named the fastest quadriplegic swimmer in the country last year. She trains at the outdoor Springfield pool, which installed a chairlift for handicapped people this summer. The hydraulic chair allows her to get into the water easily, she said.
April 6, 1989 |
On Ilya I. Zaslavsky's otherwise bare wooden desk in a laboratory of the Moscow Textile Institute lay his fan mail: Letters from his new constituents requesting help, and telegrams of congratulations. Some of the telegrams were signed "invalid from childhood. " To those people, Zaslavsky is a hero, a member of the new national legislature who is living proof that a handicapped person - disabled since infancy - can become a vital, important figure in the Soviet Union. But more than that, to them Zaslavsky embodies a fervent hope for a better life.
August 19, 2008
I'M WRITING on behalf of all handicapped people who have handicap plates (not placards) on their cars. It is a shame that PennDOT can't screen people with placards, as it seems that anyone and his uncle can get one. Just fill out the form and get someone pretending to be a doctor or police officer to sign it. Send it to PennDOT, get the placard and pass it on to friends or relatives so they can park in handicap areas or get out of the car and...
February 14, 1990 |
A woman in a wheelchair suggested wheelchair square dancing. A blind man liked the idea of modified fitness classes. The mother of a young woman in a wheelchair said bowling or board games - or just a place to talk - would be nice for teenagers. For more than an hour on Thursday, 35 people brainstormed about offering programs for the "physically challenged" at Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave. The proposals were as diverse as the group, which included handicapped people, local businessmen, an Eagle Scout, women's club members, a retirement home representative, a civic association leader and an 88-year-old man. "There are 700 ideas," said Lawncrest Recreation Center supervisor Cathy Maloney-Carchidi, who organized the meeting.
June 13, 1987 |
John Sellitti would have you believe that he went blind after a trip to a local mall: "I was walking around shopping with my family, and I saw this blind guy, and I liked his white cane. I said, 'Boy, that's for me.' " He also would have you believe that, like Rodney Dangerfield, he gets no respect: "My family, they'd describe the food on my dish, and say the meat is at 12 o'clock, the corn is at 3 o'clock and the potatoes are at 6 o'clock. But my brother, he'd spin the dish. I was 14 before I found out that cranberry sauce doesn't have gristle.