Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Lake George Celebrates “Day of Independence”


The Rotary Club of Lake George is partnering with Southern Adirondack Independent Living (SAIL) & Warren, Washington and Albany counties ARC (WWAARC), a chapter of The ARC of New York to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This event encourages people of all abilities to come to Lake George Tuesday, July 26th from 11:00am to 2:00pm and celebrate their independence. The three hosting non-profit organizations are helping our communities live independently and are encouraging Disability Awareness. Please contact Peter Wilhelm via email at wilhelmpet96@gmail.com or by phone: 518-681-0584 if you would like to be a part of the “Celebration of Independence 2022” or have any questions regarding the event.

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At 11:00am the celebration will start in the Lake George High School Auditorium. The celebration includes a panel of speakers representing Lake George Rotary, WWAARC, and SAIL. Speakers will present the resources and opportunities within their organizations and recipients of services will speak about their journey of independence. As attendees exit the celebration, there will be access to more information from these supporting organizations in the Lake George High School Cafeteria that will encourage and support participants on their own journey with the knowledge of how persons with all abilities can be of service to each other and our community. Light refreshments and pastries will be provided by Krumkill Cafe.

Lake George Rotary Club is where like-minded people gather and engage in service to better the global and local community. Lake George Rotary Club meets weekly to network, perform community service projects, and enrich the community with fun and educational programs. We plan to celebrate the achievements of individuals of all abilities and provide resources to encourage independence, opportunities to support and care for people with disabilities, and to raise awareness of the need to help one another to enable Lake George and surrounding communities to thrive.

Southern Adirondack Independent Living, also known as SAIL, is an independent living center in Queensbury. SAIL promotes the independence, equality and dignity of people with disabilities in all aspects of personal and community life. For people with disabilities and their families, Independent Living means knowing what services and supports are available; having the ability to choose the services that are right for each person, family and lifestyle; and taking responsibility for personal choices and actions.

Warren, Washington, & Albany Counties ARC (WWAARC), A Chapter of The Arc New York, is a nonprofit organization serving nearly 1,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We operate 35 residences, 30 Supported Living Program (SLP) apartments, five day programs, Community Employment and have a free standing Respite Center. For over 65 years, WWAARC has represented a longstanding tradition of providing outstanding advocacy, family support, and the very best quality services to many people throughout Warren, Washington, and Albany Counties.

John Dillon Park outreach coordinator Jason Thurston takes in the view at Grampus Lake. Photo by Mike Lynch

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