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Contest Names Top Cities for Disabled

We found this article and links on the KnowledgePlex site.  Why aren’t there any cities in NJ on this list?
 
National Organization on Disability Announces Top Cities in Disability Friendliness, Outreach
01/11/2007 | PR Newswire US
 
Berkeley, Calif., will receive $25,000 as the winner of a national contest to identify the community providing the greatest opportunities to residents with disabilities, reported Inside Bay Area. Berkeley earned first place in the National Organization on Disability’s sixth annual Accessible America Contest because of its disability programs, services, and facilities, the organization said. In addition to “the nation’s first universally designed affordable housing development,” Berkeley offers people with disabilities reduced-fare taxi services and operates programs for youth and artists with disabilities, the article said. As the runner-up, Chicago will receive $10,000. According to a press release from the National Organization on Disability, Chicago was selected for a variety of initiatives, such as the inclusion of an “adaptable and visitable requirement” in the city building code. According to NOD’s Web site, “visitable” homes have at least one entrance with no steps and other features enabling access to people with disabilities. Other contest finalists were Alexandria, Va.; Bloomington, Ind.; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; Miami Beach, Fla.; New Haven, Conn.; San Francisco; and Sioux Falls, S.D.  

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