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Posted on: July 19, 2015

[ARCHIVED] MYTHS & FACTS FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT 25TH ANNIVERSARY

MYTH #19 - People are confined to their wheelchair.

FACT #19 - People with disabilities typically do not view themselves as "confined" to their wheelchair. In the same way, a person without a disability is not described as confined to their car. A wheelchair, like an automobile or a bicycle, is a form of mobility that contributes to a person's independence.

Most people fight some form of stereotype at some point in life, and people with disabilities are no exception. The difference is that the stereotypes people with disabilities face begin with people's attitudes — attitudes often rooted in misinformation about what it's like to live with a disability. Myths and misconceptions about disability are widespread and are often triggered by fear, lack of understanding, and/or prejudice. Each day until Sunday, July 26th, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities will present one common stereotype misrepresenting people with disabilities. It is our hope that through dispelling some of these misunderstandings, more community members will better understand the realities of life with a disability and appreciate the significant contributions people who have disabilities make when given equal opportunity.

On Sunday, July 26th beginning at 7:00 pm, please join the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities for free SDSU Ice Cream in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA at the Brookings Area Community Band Concert in Pioneer Park.

The Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities will also be collecting durable, used medical equipment from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Pioneer Park to redistribute to community members in need of such equipment. Please call (605) 690-0143 or (605) 690-7521 for more information regarding what equipment the committee accepts and the purposes of the Durable Medical Equipment Drive.

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