The Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, along with other state commissions and departments and community-based organizations, will hold a series of public forums next week to hear the concerns of people with disabilities and their families.
Sen. William A. Walaska (D-Dist. 30, Warwick) is urging residents of his city and surrounding communities to participate in the forum to be held in Warwick. The session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 23, at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane.
Walaska, who is a recipient of the commission’s John E. Fogarty Memorial Award for his legislative efforts on behalf of the state’s disabled, said that it is important for state policy-makers and planners to hear from the public to understand what needs should be addressed and how services can be improved and opportunities expanded.
The Commission on Disabilities coordinates the week of forums every year to coincide with the anniversary (July 26) of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other forums during the week will be held in Barrington, Providence, Peace Dale, Woonsocket and Middletown.
Further information can be obtained by calling the Commission on Disabilities at 462-0102 or visiting the commission’s website at www.disabilities.ri.gov.