WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Organization on
Disability (N.O.D.) announced today that seven cities and three counties are
the recipients of cash prizes in the 1999 $30,000 National Organization on
Disability/United Parcel Service (UPS) Community Awards Competition. The
competition recognizes outstanding local programs and actions that expand the
participation of citizens with disabilities in the life of the community.
The winners are Russellville, Arkansas; Columbia, Missouri; Somerville,
Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; The 39 Cities and Towns of Rhode
Island; Corning, New York; Hibbing, Minnesota; St. Mary Parish, Louisiana;
Orange County, North Carolina; and Atlantic County, New Jersey. Exceeding the
requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Russellville,
Arkansas was named the $10,000 Grand Prize winner. Russellville won for the
positive way the city came together to implement the ADA. The comprehensive
program includes advising local government, businesses and educational
institutions, educating the community about disability issues, and involving
people with all disabilities. With virtually no funding, Russellville was
transformed from a city with severe non-compliance of the ADA to a city with
widespread compliance. According to River Valley Accessibility Council
Chairman of the Board, Sydney Case, the transformation occurred because of
"people who are not afraid to dream, and then back those dreams up with their
own blood, sweat, and tears." Another winner, Hibbing, Minnesota won for a
modular ramp project that enables people who have newly acquired or temporary
disabilities to continue to live in their own homes.
The Community Partnership Program of N.O.D. promotes implementation of
outstanding local disability programs through its nationwide network of 4,500
towns, cities and counties. Founded in 1982 as an outgrowth of the 1981
International Year of Disabled Persons, N.O.D. is supported entirely by the
private sector through contributions from corporations, foundations and
individuals. Its mission is to promote the full and equal participation of
America's 54 million men, women and children with physical, sensory or mental
disabilities in all aspects of life.
The N.O.D./UPS Community Awards Competition is made possible by the
generous support of UPS and The UPS Foundation. Jim Kelly, Chairman and CEO
of UPS stated, "N.O.D. continually strives for full participation of people
with disabilities in our society. UPS, which provides delivery service to
every community in the United States, is pleased to once again support N.O.D.
and applauds our nation's communities that are improving the quality of life
for people with disabilities."
N.O.D. President Alan A. Reich stated, "Since it is in the communities of
America where 54 million of us with disabilities go about our lives, that's
where action must take place. We're proud of these winning communities for
setting the pace."
SOURCE National Organization on Disability