Carbondale group offers resources, support for disabled
CARBONDALE — A relatively new nonprofit organization created to offer assistance, support and “inclusion” to valley residents with disabilities is gearing up for a new push to let its target population know it is available and ready to help.
“A lot of people don’t know about us,” said Ro Mead, a longtime leader in the local arts community who recently joined the board of directors of Valley Life For All (VLA), “and that’s what I want to change.”
Corey Mineo, 27, of Carbondale, who is wheelchair-bound by a disease known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT for short), agreed with Mead, noting that many of those diagnosed with CMT or its better-known cousin, Muscular Dystrophy, are unaware that there are sources of help waiting to be tapped.
Mineo, who also has recently joined the VLA board, noted that he has encountered many who, after being diagnosed, “Think to themselves, ‘I’m all alone,’ and ‘What’s my next step?’ Valley Life for All just wants to say to them, ‘We can help you.’”
And key to that help, Mineo and Mead agreed, is the idea of “inclusion,” meaning finding a way for the disabled and the “abled” to live together without bias or prejudice, sharing equally in the bounties of the American experience.
Mineo is a graduate of the Carbondale schools, holds an associate of arts degree from Colorado Mountain College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Denver, and last spring hooked up with VLA in his ongoing program to broaden his horizons and be an advocate
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