Stone-Hayes Holds Open House, Celebrates ADA Passage

Those interested in learning more about assisted living had the chance earlier today in Galesburg.

Stones-Hayes Center for Independent Living hosted an open house at their location on Prairie Street, today. The not-for-profit serves a three county area and specializes in improving the lives and attitudes of those with disabilities.

The gathering was partially celebrating the 24th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Stone-Hayes Executive Director Vanya Peterson tells WGIL that acknowledging ADA legislation helps even the playing field.

“Just because you have a disability does not mean you are actually disabled,” says Peterson. “There are a lot of people walking around here, it might be someone that you know, that has a disability.”

The event was also partially to promote Stone-Hayes’ resources in the three county area they serve. Stone-Hayes says those stopping by could gather information on assisted living technology, employment, support groups, and home services.

Peterson tells WGIL their services are not just for those with disabilities.

“We’ve found that when we teach and educate other people without disabilities then it’s much easier to explain than to have an issue where an ADA law has been broken and be on the defensive and have a very negative impact,” says Peterson.

According to their website, there’s a 50/50 chance an individual could have a disability by age of 55.

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