Frisco celebration draws awareness to equal rights for citizens with disabilities |

Frisco celebration draws awareness to equal rights for citizens with disabilities

Amanda Roberson

FRISCO – An afternoon of festivities around Frisco’s gazebo today celebrates 12 years of greater equality for disabled Americans. Bristlecone Home Care and Hospice and Mountain Mobility are hosting the event, which marks the anniversary of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).The ADA was created to help disabled people have access to the same activities those without disabilities enjoy.Music, speakers, educational displays and booths for children will fill the gazebo area from noon until 5 p.m. The goal is to educate people and increase awareness about the ADA, said Shelly Michell, director of operations at Bristlecone Home Care and Hospice.A representative from the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) will discuss that organization’s programs for disabled people and the use of disability dogs.Marsha Dirienzo will explain Bristlecone’s new adult day care program, Timberline Adult Services, to open in the new community center in August.Disabled citizens Lynne Lindstrom and Frank Anderson will give personal accounts of living with disabilities.Lindstrom, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 20 years ago, said she wants to stress the importance of adequate in-home care for those with special needs.She also commends Summit County’s Mountain Mobility program, the Summit Stage’s transportation service for disabled people. Mountain Mobility picks up individuals at their homes to take them to appointments and errands.”I was able to work part time and volunteer at the middle school thanks to para-transit vans,” said Lindstrom. “I really appreciated all the help.”Mountain Mobility will display special equipment used to carry disabled people.Musical entertainment will include performances by Nancy Cook, Sal Mancini, Nancy Stephens and the Summit Chorale.When & Where- What: Mountain Mobility Celebration- When: 12-5 p.m. today- Where: Frisco Historic Park gazebo, Main Street, Frisco

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