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Americans with Disabilities Day Celebrated at County Legislature Meeting – Oswego County Today

Lawmaker James Karasek standing during the July 14 meeting. Photo by Shea O’Malley.

OSWEGO — Legislator James Karasek led the charge yesterday speaking on behalf of people with disabilities in honor of Americans with Disabilities Awareness Day at the County Legislature’s monthly meeting on Thursday, July 14.

Americans with Disabilities Awareness Day is celebrated annually on July 26. Karasek read aloud a proclamation before the Legislative Assembly; also sharing his struggles since birth about what life was like as a disabled person in a world that still had to conform to his strengths and weaknesses.

“I was born with a disability and struggled a lot in school. It was hard for me; it actually involved my parents being advocates. Gym class was a failure and they constantly had to get involved. I had seven surgeries on my legs and feet. I spent a lot of time in a wheelchair, and eventually, as the world started to change a bit, I had great support that allowed me to continue my studies, meet my needs, become independent and live a lifestyle that suits me, Karasek says. “My wife and I have been married for 40 years in October and I will be 70 in two months, and I have no regrets for the path I have taken. And it is partly thanks to people who recognize that people with disabilities have the ability to contribute to the betterment of society.

He also acknowledged the accommodations that the county and the cities of Oswego and Fulton have made and/or are putting in place to further assist people with disabilities.

“I really appreciate that once a year, if only for this moment, we have the chance to speak with a disability, to share with you and the press the incredible work this county has done and continues to do. to do – and continues to grow ahead of recognizing the value of people with disabilities,” Karasek said. [and] it is you who recognize what needs to be done and stand up for those who cannot. And I can tell you people with disabilities – we really appreciate that! »

According to the US Department of Labor, The Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights measure enacted in July 1990, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities while guaranteeing certain rights, protections and services.

Yesterday also took place a recognition which includes the following:

  • Billy Fantom, Correctional Officer, Sheriff’s Department – 30 years service/retirement.

The 34 resolutions were adopted except for one (35) which is still awaiting approval by the committee. All meetings of the County Legislative Assembly are held on the second Thursday of each month, with the next meeting on August 11 at 2:00 p.m. To view the full agenda, please click here.

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