Evelyn Tileston: Disability Awareness Week


Disability Awareness Week was even more successful than we hoped it would be. The proclamations by local governments, in support of Disability Awareness Week, gave the event a great start.

The board, staff and volunteers of the Independent Life Center sincerely thank all those people and businesses who helped us achieve success:

Chaos Ink, which designed and printed the beautiful T-shirts, gets a rousing cheer. Special thanks to Frank Hanel and the whole crew at KRAI Radio for publicity, training in marketing and hands-on help.

We especially appreciate the three wonderful articles that appeared in the Craig Daily Press during Disability Awareness Week.

Most of all, great big hugs to the volunteers from the Craig Workforce Center who pounded the pavement to sell T-shirts, and to the people who wore their T-shirts July 31.

You made a huge impact. People stopped me to ask if there was a convention in town, and where they could get "one of those cool T-shirts."

A Craig restaurant manager told us about four T-shirt-wearing young children who came in the morning and ordered their complimentary pie and coffee, for all the world like grown-ups having their morning break.

He added that more than 200 people had come in to his restaurant wearing their T-shirts. Another participating Craig restaurant was the scene of a disability awareness demonstration, right in the midst of the lunch rush.

Thanks again to all who helped. We couldn't have done it without you. We are already working to make next year's Disability Awareness Week even more successful. Businesses and individuals are asking how they can join the fun next year. Volunteers to serve on the committee are welcome at any time.

Evelyn Tileston

Executive director, Independent Life Center


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