Westchester Highlights People with Disabilities

WESTCHESTER COUNTY – In honor of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is highlighting the critical services provided by the Office for People with Disabilities. The Office for People with Disabilities, which acts as a clearinghouse of information for people with disabilities, their families and advocates, strives to connect residents with the services they need. Through educational programs and awareness efforts, resource guides, and employment and transportation assistance, the Office for People with Disabilities is ensuring all residents have full and equal access to everything in Westchester County.

Latimer said, “We want everyone in Westchester to know they are welcome here – they will not be defined by their disability. The ADA is one of our nation’s most crucial pieces of legislation that prohibits discrimination, and guarantees people with disabilities have equal access to all opportunities in life. I want to thank the Office for People with Disabilities for their efforts today, and every day, in working to make sure Westchester County is a safe and accessible place for all.”

Director of the Office for People with Disabilities Evan Latainer said, “It is an honor to serve as the Director for this office under County Executive George Latimer. Our mission is to represent the disabled community here in Westchester County ensuring that they receive the services they all are entitled to. Through County Executive Latimer we continue on this mission with the creation of our new Council for People with Disabilities that will provide guidance to this office and the administration. We look forward to advocating for the disabled in Westchester.”

On the anniversary of the passage of ADA, the Office for People with Disabilities is hosting its annual Day at Playland for People with Disabilities. The special event, which is held each year in July, allows individuals with disabilities and their families to enjoy free rides and entertainment at Playland. Over 7,500 people have registered to participate in the event.

Another keystone program run by the Office for People with Disabilities is the Diverse Abilities Job Fair, three of which were held in the past year. The day-long hiring event brings together representatives from approximately 50 employers and resource providers, with job seekers with disabilities. The last Diverse Abilities Job Fair was held at the Westchester County Center, and prospective employees were able to connect with employers and interview on the spot.

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