Expo Spotlights New Technologies for the Disabled

Apr 26, 2012

The fourth annual Disability Expo and Resource Fair filled Heritage Hall downtown Thursday. This year’s event featured a new campaign meant to keep citizens – both disabled and non-disabled – aware of where they should park around town. The Celebration of disAbility, that’s with a lower case "d" and an upper case "a," is intended to empower handicapped citizens by offering information and demonstrations on everything from transportation to how to vote.

Kristy Stambaugh, Aging Services and Disability Support Administrator for the city, describes it a "a one stop shop."

She says this year’s expo aims to keep citizens in line when it comes to parking, an issue that can often be confusing for disabled drivers who sometimes have trouble telling handicapped spots from access lanes reserved for other vehicles.

"Down here we're asking for consumers to give us some input. What kind of signage makes the most sense to them?" she said.

The expo also featured representatives from Riding for Hope, Yellow Cab, and LexTran.