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City Honored for Wheelchair Access

April 23, 1986

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) _ The National Organization on Disability has recognized this city as a national model for wheelchair accessibility, but Carbondale officials say more remains to be done.

″I think we’re going back fired up to do some more,″ said Mayor Helen Westberg, who traveled to Washington on Tuesday to pick up the group’s $5,000 check.

Carbondale, population 26,300, beat out 30 other cities for the prize.

While federal and state laws require public buildings and facilities to be accessible, ordinances in Carbondale require the same things of private businesses, said city affirmative action officer Cleveland Matthews.

The award, co-sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Corp. was presented by presidential Press Secretary James Brady, who has been disabled since he was struck by a bullet intended for President Reagan in 1981. Brady is formerly from Centralia, Ill.

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