To help educate the public about the Americans with Disabilities Act and the many services it provides, the Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities is hosting an event on July 20. From 2 to 4 p.m. at the Charles County government building, county officials and representatives from the College of Southern Maryland will attempt to raise awareness about disability in Southern Maryland. The college representatives will also provide information about the specific assistance and services available to students with disabilities. This April, a Pocomoke woman claimed that Crisfield High School failed to accommodate her physical disability at a sporting event. Caryn Abbot suffers from a number of physical ailments, including lupus and arthritis; she was also recovering from surgery on her feet. When she went to attend her son’s baseball game at the school, she was told a gate could not be unlocked to give her access to the playing field. Abbot was told the gate could not be unlocked in time for the event, and she says she was instead forced to walk a long distance over uneven terrain. “Once I got home I was in so much pain I couldn’t eat, I didn’t even want to talk to anybody,” Abbot said. “I’ve had this experience before at other fields, but they’ve always opened the gate right away.” Abbot says the school violated the Americans with Disabilities act, the landmark 1990 legislation that aims to provide equal access and discrimination protection. When many Americans hear the word “disability,” they think of elderly citizens or people in wheelchairs. However, experts say there is often no visible sign of a physical disability. For instance, chronic back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45. The ADA is supposed to provide protection for such individuals, while also specifically requiring educational institutions to provide equal access and reasonable accommodations for the disabled. Southern Maryland residents interested in learning more about the ADA can attend the July 20 event at 200 Baltimore St. in La Plata.
Wegmans Food Market may have already conquered Columbia, MD, but anyone who’s shopped in the store before knows it’s missing one major thing: the entire second floor, which was reserved for an in-house liquor store, is still pretty empty after the company was denied a liquor license back in 2012. Now, however, the Northwestern supermarket […]
A new study conducted by the University of Massachusetts has found that there is no link between exercise and menopause. This was the largest ever study performed to seek an answer to the old wives’ tale. There have been a number of differing opinions on the link between the amount of exercise performed and the […]
A recent fire forced an Elkton-area eatery and grocery store to close indefinitely, after causing approximately $150,000 in damage. According to the Cecil Whig, a passerby called 911 at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Friday, April 17 after noticing smoke rising from Molly’s Market, located on Old Chestnut Road southwest of Elkton. About 40 firefighters from the […]