Rockville

There is a book pertaining to people with disabilities (PWDs) that eight of the residents in this city co-authored.

It’s entitled “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve the Health and Wellness of Persons with Disabilities” that builds upon the idea of promoting wellness and disease prevention to everyone. Challenges abound to the well-being of PWDs. Their health should just be placed squarely among the public health issues being researched, delivered, financed, trained, and studied upon.

Those residents are H. Stanley Eichenauer, Monique Fountain, Merle McPherson, Jeanne McDowell, Ruby Neville, Jon Perez, Bonnie Strickland, and Steven Towle.

There are also support groups in Rockville for PWDs such as The Arc of Montgomery County along the Southlawn Lane and the Head Injury Rehabilitation & Referral Services, Inc. (HIRRS). There is the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH) that can help PWDs adjust into the “adult community.”

Other organizations in the city share the same vision. The Kennedy Employment Program can let PWDs “grow, share and develop as independent adults.” The St. Coletta of Greater Washington can guide PWDs “to live as full and independent a life as possible.” The Outcome Service can assist PWDs in finding jobs.

Even in the field of sports, Rockville supports its residents with disabilities. It is where the Disabled Sport USA is, a community-based chapter network that aims to improve the lives of PWDs through sports. It is spearheaded by Kirk Bauer, an amputee who lost his leg from a grenade explosion in Vietnam.

“As a disabled Vietnam veteran and Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA for the past 30 years, Kirk Bauer firmly believes that the military philosophy of leadership by example is the most effective way to inspire others to dream big and achieve their goals.” ~ From the Disabled Sport USA website

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the Disabled Sport USA

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