On July 25, just two days before the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), several dozen people were arrested at the nation’s capitol building. This may seem like no news these days as activism is a national trend and tradition. But some of those hauled away were in wheelchairs or accessible scooters.
Matt Shelor, independent living coordinator at the New River Valley Disability Resource Center in Christiansburg, recently marched in Washington D.C. to support independence for people with disabilities.
The New River Valley Disability Resource Center located in Christiansburg opened its doors in June 2016. Once operating as a satellite of the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center in Roanoke, the NRV DRC’s presence focuses on assisting people with disabilities within the four counties of the New River Valley – Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles – plus the city of Radford. But “focus” is a deceiving term when considering the work ahead.