Independent Living Center

Mike Desmond/WBFO

When Buffalo's Independent Living Center started operations in 1980, its first priority was obtaining access for citizens in wheelchairs to the Common Council chambers floor. On Tuesday, Center Policy Chief Todd Vaarwerk rolled his wheelchair off the elevator and onto the floor, perhaps the first to use a newly-installed elevator stashed behind a historic door in the historic chambers.

Colored Musicians Club

One of the area's more prominent cultural tourism attractions is now going to be available to more people.

WBFO file photo

Advocates for people who have disabilities were in that state capital Monday to lobby for an increase in state aid for independent living centers.

Raising accessibility awareness for wheelchair users

Oct 22, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

This past July the nation celebrated the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act.  The civil rights law was designed to prevent discrimination against those with disabilities. A section of the law also works to make sure places are accessible.  But one local woman brought her story to WBFO's Eileen Buckley, describing her life filled with 'inaccessibility'.