Demonstrators march and roll for better disability services

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 18:17:25-04

On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, Western New Yorkers with disabilities marched from Southgate Plaza to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to advocate for better access to the places they need to go.

"We shouldn't have to go on perilous roads to get there. It shouldn't take two buses to get there," Mike Rogers of Buffalo said.

Rogers has to go to the Office for People with Developmental Disability a few times a week. He says it's difficult to get there because it's far away and there isn't much transportation. 

He lives in Buffalo along with many of the other demonstrators who came. They have to take one bus to get to the Southgate Plaza and then wait for another bus to pick them up to take them to their final destination. 

B.J. Stasio said that all these inconveniences impact his quality of life.

"You lose the ability to have a good life because you need the services to have that good life," he said.

And f the bus doesn't come, people have a hard time getting to the office. For Marie Malinowci, she said it's difficult just crossing the road.

"I can see, but it's hard to judge sometimes how fast they are going," she said.

Often the buses don't come quickly, so she just sits. While she made the walk to the office today, it's too much for her to do all the time.

"Every time I have to come here, I get to the Soutgate Plaza and I'm stuck."

 So when she has waited long enough, she leaves.

"Sometimes I just go home. I just go home."

Participants are hoping that his march gets the governor's attention.

"Of all the things New York has facing itself, and all the things this community have facing itself, this should be an easy fit," New York State Senator, Robert Ortt, said.

Demonstrators want the state to offer better transportation or consider moving the office rom West Seneca to Buffalo, where many of the people who depend on its services live.