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VSU Hosts an Accessibility Expo

One local university is working to make it easier for disabled people to get around the community. Valdosta State University's annual Accessibility Expo wrapped up Thursday afternoon.

The goal was to put disabled folks in touch with the services that can help them live more active lives and at the same time educate business owners on how to make their shops more accessible to everyone.

Hundreds of people turned out to learn more about the needs of disabled people in south Georgia. Organizers of the annual Accessibility Expo say the event makes it easy for people of all walks of life get answers.

Kimberly Godden with the VSU Access Office says, "It’s sort of a one stop shop, and they can come to one location, talk about employment opportunities for people with disabilities, social activities, support with people with disabilities. We even have therapeutic horseback riding that's here."

And folks attending the expo here at Valdosta State University said this was a great location because it helps get the leaders of tomorrow interested in the diverse needs of the disabled.

"When they graduate, they'll be sure their buildings can be accessible to us, like if they open a restaurant, they'll make sure it’s big enough for our wheelchairs to get in and out of," says Elizabeth Redden

And it’s not just college students and community leaders that are learning at this event.

"Before I came here, I didn't know there were so many things available for the disabled. It just makes you feel like you're part of the community, I just registered to vote a few minutes ago, and that made me feel good," adds Redden.

It doesn't cost a lot of money for a business to become more disabled friendly, it's a move that helps improve both business and lives.

If people missed this expo they can still get information on how to help disabled people that they know by calling the VSU Accessibility Office at 245-2498.


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