Coast nonprofits give accessible parking spaces a facelift

Coast nonprofits give accessible parking spaces a facelift

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - This week marks 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. Wednesday, two nonprofit organizations that focus on helping those who are disabled came together to celebrate and take on a special project.

Life of Mississippi and Disability Connections are partnering to bring awareness as they celebrate 25 years of the Americans with Disability Act. Janie O'Keefe, with Disability Connections, and Sonia Fogal, with Life of Mississippi, say the awareness comes as they paint new accessible parking logos.

"We're just very excited that we can let the community know that individuals with disabilities are active and they participate in all the things that everybody participates in, and we're just trying to make it a little bit easier for them," said O'Keefe.

Fogal has been a "chair user" for almost 20 years because of a spinal cord injury. She says she loves the new accessible route logos because it represents a person in motion rather than a person bound to a chair.

"I don't sit there like the old national symbol right here is just rigid," said Fogal. "If I'm out there in motion, I make a joke of it all the time like I'm rolling through the office like this, but this is an active person. We are out in the community trying to live our lives, and that's all we want to do."

The organizations say they will continue to paint the new signs across the Coast.

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