North Carolina's Kinston Free Press reports that raising awareness was the goal Thursday as local health providers and Girl Scout Troop 600 teamed up for the 2011 Disabilities Awareness Fair at Vernon Park Mall. October is Disability Awareness Month.
Throughout the day, more than a dozen booths were handing out information about the resources available in the area.
Elizabeth Proctor, 15, was one of the Girl Scouts volunteering at the event.
“We helped out last year,” Proctor said. “This year, we are doing it as a service project. It helps us learn more about the needs.”
In addition to Disability Awareness Month, and in an effort to raise awareness, the Girl Scouts had Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy proclaim October as “Disability History and Awareness Month” in Kinston.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, referred to as the ADA, was signed by President George Bush on July 26, 1990. The youth-led movement for equal education on disabilities history celebrated its first victory in West Virginia in April 2006. Other states are following suit.