September 26, 2012
I was first introduced to SVILC this summer when my boss mentioned a disability pride walk to me. She knows that I love to walk for causes and I was eager to participate. I e-mailed and reserved a spot in the walk. I had no idea who I would meet there or what I would see. I met people of all ages with disabilities. I watched these very able adults coordinate the walk, organize the volunteers and then join us as we walked and rolled down the streets. The community was cheering us on. I had never seen a grouping of individuals with disabilites who were so enthusiastic, envolved and eager to share their stories and experiences. The entertainment that followed was amazing. There were musical groups, dance groups, art work and poetry all presented by the SVILC members. I was so glad I was given the opportunity to participate in this informative and uplifting event where people of all ages and ethnicities were celebrating their lives and their independence. I had no idea the importance independence had to people with disabilites, and now I know that I need to further support all people with disabilites in the way that I vote, and also by getting the word out to others in our community. What an amazing service the SVILC offers and how wonderful that adults with disabilites are able to live productive and independent lives as a result of their efforts. The envent and the organization far surpassed my expectations and have gained my full support and respect. Thank you SVILC for all you do to make our community a great place for all people to live.
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MY ROLE:General Member of the Public