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Parks giving kids of every ability level a chance to play

The Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley offers something for children of all abilities. The paths – made of grass, concrete or wood chips – all are accessible for wheelchairs. There …


DO-IT helps kids with disabilities develop to full potential

Seventeen-year-old Mead High School student Benjy Migliuri recently returned from a visit to the University of Washington. While it’s not unusual for high school seniors to tour prospective colleges, Migliuri’s …


DO-IT helps kids with disabilities develop to their full potential

Seventeen-year-old Mead High School student Benjy Migliuri recently returned from a visit to the University of Washington. While it’s not unusual for high school seniors to tour prospective colleges, Migliuri’s …


Court contends with faulty wheelchair lift

Les Burton doesn’t want anyone else to face what he did to get justice in Ferry County’s handicap-inaccessible courthouse. Burton has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He had …


Picnic, rally mark ADA anniversary

People with disabilities and their advocates celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Monday at a picnic in Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley and a rally …


New Spokane playground welcomes all

There’s this thing about playgrounds: it’s really difficult to keep children away from them. Last week, Spokane’s first public universal playground was carefully wrapped in red ribbon, yet children found …


Playground welcomes all

There’s this thing about playgrounds: it’s really difficult to keep children away from them. On Tuesday afternoon Spokane’s first public universal playground was carefully wrapped in red ribbon, yet children …


Spokane rights commission gets fresh voice

When Greg Terhaar graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 2007, one of the classes he completed was Advanced Placement European History. Early in life, he decided that the …


McMorris Rodgers leery of health reform

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers warned this week that health care reform could limit treatment for disabled children, but people who advocate for the disabled say it will expand …


Elderly, infirm face extra challenge

When Gene Yoakum needs to shop for food, it often means a trip of a mile or so in his electric wheelchair. Other times he takes the bus to get …


Cheerful volunteer appreciated

Co-workers describe Sam Petersen as forever cheerful as he helps families take groceries from the Spokane Valley Food Bank. Although Petersen has some mental and physical disabilities, he has volunteered …