The idea for Accessman.com actually has its roots in a legal
seminar. Professor Anne Puckett at the University of Georgia School of Law teaches a wonderful
semester-long seminar entitled "Law and Disability." I participated during my final semester in
law school and was left thinking, "What can I do?" On a personal and global level I really felt
the need to get in and make a difference.
My parents are both disabled, my Mom with Multiple Sclerosis,
and my Dad who had a brain tumor removed in 1991, which left him hemiplegic. In 1997, in the middle
of nursing school, I found out that I too have MS. I pushed myself hard and decided to enter law
school in 1999. Despite the exhaustion and tough times, I managed to graduate in December 2001.
Professor Puckett urged me to contact Mark Johnson at
Shepherd Center and to join his mailing list. I thought rather than sending a simple "Hello"
via e-mail, I should go and meet Mark face-to-face!
Mark and I sat down and had a brain storming session.
We decided on how the site was to be laid out and what information would be included, then I got
to work with the basic design. We've made adjustments and changes along the way, but the site is still a work in progress and will continue to grow as different advocacy needs emerge.
Accessman.com focuses on a wide variety of issues. It gives
updates on the ADA, assistive technology and transportation issues. It keeps track of what is
happening in Congress and in state legislatures on disability related issues. The site focuses
on employment, health care, housing and disability history and pride. Itís all done with the
goals of pushing for equal rights for people with disabilities and getting people involved to
make that happen.
Mark is truly a joy and an inspiration. In his presence, you
always feel as if the glass is "half full." I am humbled to share in just a bit of his work by
helping to spread advocacy and information through AccessMan.com.
Contact Holly at
email@example.com or visit
www.Accessman.com for more information.