Recently, I met with a group of wheelchair-users and their companions who were visiting Ft. Lauderdale, FL from Sweden. They had contacted me and asked if I would talk to them about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although it is well known that Sweden has a very comprehensive national health care system, it seems that accessibility standards and achievements are not quite on a par with those in the U.S.A. It is their aim to further those goals by starting a movement to bring A.D.A.-type legislation to their country. I was very happy to give them as much information as I could and to try to assist them in their efforts. One of our Access Now members lives in Australia and regularly keeps me posted on the small but growing efforts in that country in regard to handicapped accessibility advocacy. It is gratifying to see that Sweden will now join this growing movement internationally so that we can witness not only within, but beyond, our shores the spread of enlightenment about the needs and rights of the disabled community!
As you can see, we and other disability rights advocates have been quite busy continuing in our missions. No matter how much work is done, there is always more waiting to be tackled. We sincerely hope that, if you are not already a member of Access Now, you will sign on to become one after having received this newsletter. (See Membership Form at beginning of this newsletter.) Remember, no dues or donations are required (although, of course, donations are appreciated). What we need most is to increase our membership, because the larger our numbers, the louder our voice and the greater our strength!
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Phyllis F. Resnick