Disability Awareness Month

Published on October 01, 2022

Disability Awareness Month

In October, communities and organizations around the nation pay tribute to the accomplishments of Americans with disabilities and reaffirm their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens. 

On behalf of the Lakewood City Council, Mayor Steve Croft has declared October as Disability Awareness Month in Lakewood, encouraging residents to “both understand and appreciate the achievements and the special challenges of those with disabilities, and to do our part as residents to create an inclusive community for all.” 

See the Proclamation(PDF, 623KB) in recognition of Disability Awareness Month, signed by Mayor Croft

A key element of Lakewood's Community Dialogue on Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is celebrating the diversity of people and cultures that Lakewood is proud to have as part of our community. With 61 million adults in the United States living with a disability--equaling one in four adults--we all likely know someone with a disability. It’s important to recognize the value and talent that people with disabilities add to our communities.

Lakewood continues accessibility enhancements

With the highest percentage of adults with functional disability types being mobility issues at 13.7%, the City of Lakewood is proud to continue its ongoing work to create and enhance accessibility at its parks and community buildings.

Recent city projects have included the installation of accessible and inclusive playgrounds and accessibility improvements to numerous park restrooms, parking areas and The Centre, the special events venue utilized by thousands of residents and members of surrounding communities. The city is also currently working on the design of accessible shower and locker room improvements at Mayfair Park.

By increasing access and opportunities to all, the City of Lakewood reaffirms its commitment to an inclusive community. Join advocates and people with disabilities by raising awareness and taking time to ask how you can help foster full participation in society for all persons with disabilities. 

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