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Defending the disabled


Commission on Disability gaining momentum in town



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Sister Elizabeth Anne Seton Fitzgerald, head of the Commission on Disability. The commission works for ensuring the safety of handicapped residents as well as providing a yearly scholarship to a handicapped student. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
March 02, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Ever wonder where the money goes if you get fined for parking in a handicapped spot?

Believe it or not, it's helping put a kid through college.

The Commission on Disability puts those dollars to good use, as they fund a $1,000 scholarship for a handicapped college-bound senior or a senior with immediate family that is disabled. They must also be going to school for a branch of the medical field.

One of the most recent scholarship winners is attending school to design games and training for the disabled, which was viewed as an unorthodox, but still valid, branch.

The commission was established in 2003 as a five-member committee. According to head of the commission, Sister Elizabeth Anne Seton Fitzgerald, the commission was formed after a handicapped Southbridge resident who required a very large electric wheelchair complained they were unable to enter their favorite restaurant in town. Once formed, the commission paid to have the new doors installed.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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