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A group from enAble of Georgia, a Roswell-based group that helps disabled adults become pro-ductive members of society, registered to vote at Roswell Library for the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
August 08, 2012
ROSWELL, Ga. – Voting is the cornerstone of any democracy, and is a dear one to the United States, so it should come as no surprise that a group of people went to register to vote July 26 to have their voices heard.

To celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the people of enAble of Georgia, an organization for disabled people, registered to vote at the Roswell Library.

EnAble resident Matthew McWhorter registers to vote July 26 at the Roswell Library. He or-ganized a group of similarly disabled residents to register. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
"Thank you for letting us vote and try to get our friends to vote," said enAble member Matthew McWhorter to Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Sen. John Albers who watched the group sign up. "It's an honor to come out here."

The Roswell-based group is dedicated to helping people with disabilities live productive lives beyond school age, living by themselves and working to make a living.

EnAble was founded in 1979 by a group of concerned parents and now has 15 group homes throughout North Fulton dedicated to helping these individuals lead happy and productive lives.

"At the time, there were no residential group homes in the area," said enAble Chief Operating Officer Janna Zwerner. "The alternative in those days were institutions."

"It was their idea to vote," said Development Specialist Letitia Ford. "They heard about the TSPLOST vote and got excited."

McWhorter teaches civil rights classes for those in enAble, and he took the opportunity of the upcoming transportation referendum to gather his classmates and try to affect the vote.

"All these folks who want to go to work need accessible transportation," Ford said. "They don't drive."

Wood said he was pleased at the effort of the enAble residents.

"It's one of my great honors to go to the polls," said Wood. "You can really make a difference."

RN 08-09-12

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