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December 17 , 2008 Society and Disability

The concept of "society" ranges from a small collective of like-minded people to a broad national identity. Shared beliefs are a hallmark of society, and of these the concept of mutual obligation is a keystone to society's perseverance. We build our social and physical world to serve diverse needs. Meeting the needs of a disabled population is a good metric for how our society is performing.

Tom Stipe broke his neck in a bicycling accident 15 years ago inn Ellsworth.   He is confined to a wheelchair, but he still lives in town. In warmer weather, he spends a lot of time on the sidewalks of Ellsworth cruising in his wheelchair." Tom will talk about ways we can improve our buildings and public infrastructure to make our communities more accessible.

Jo Cooper is the Director of Faith In Action, Community Connections. "Our mission is to offer free services to the elderly and disabled in Hancock County, in order that they can live independently, with dignity, and a strong quality of life." FIA offers services such as: transportation, errands, friendly visits, meal delivery, telephone reassurance, chores*, yard work*, and simple home repair. Jo will fill us in on who her organization brings services to people and people to service in a very rural corner of Maine.

Join our dialogue at 10:00 AM as we discuss social responses to disability.

We invite your calls and email with questions and comments.

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Tom Stipe, Local Disability Advocate

Author of The Sidewalks of Ellsworth, an detailed analysis of Ellsworths sidewalks and how they perform for persons on wheelchairs.

 

Jo Cooper, Director of Faith in Action Community Connections

Our mission is to offer free services to the elderly and disabled in Hancock County, in order that they can live independently, with dignity, and a strong quality of life.

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