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Disability Awareness

The number of disabled in:
Chicopee
         
Approximate percentage
AGE Population Disabled % Total Hearing Vision Cognitive Mobility
Under 5 3,125 594 5.6% 182 44 0 0
5 to 17 11,550 2,195 20.7% 132 71 933 187
18 to 64 32193 6,117 57.7% 1,052 434 2,144 2,687
65+ 8,927 1696 16.0% 1,606 623 657 2,351
TOTAL 55,795 10,601 19% 2,972 1,172 3,734 5,225
 
Labor Force (US)
  Persons with a Disability Persons with no Disability
July 2014 July 2015 July 2014 July 2015

Civilian Population

29,116

29,773

218,908

221,103

Work Force 5,648   5,890  151,924  152,637 
       
Employed 4,962  5,277  142,303  144,445 
% of Work Force 17.04%  17.72%  65.01%  65.33% 
       
Unemployed 686  613  9,621  8,192 
% of Work Force 12.15%  10.41%  6.33%  5.37% 

The published unemployment rate is based on
non-disabled work force.

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This is a working animal doing what it was trained to do,
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Ten Road Safety Tips:

1. Be observant and considerate. Whenever a pedestrian guided by a dog or carrying a white cane is crossing or attempting to cross a roadway, every vehicle should come to a full stop at the crossing to allow the pedestrian to cross safely.
2. Take extra precautions when traveling alongside wheelchairs and scooters. Individuals must often resort to traveling in the street due to sidewalk defects, limited availability, or obstructions.
3. Check twice when backing up. A person in a wheelchair is generally only 4’6” tall when seated in the chair.

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Keep sidewalks and curb ramps in front of your home and place of business clear of ice and snow. Failure to do so may pose an insurmountable obstacle to a disabled person, and is dangerous for all walkers.
5. When parking, do NOT block curb ramps. These are essential access points on sidewalks for those in wheelchairs.
6. Do NOT park in designated accessible parking spaces even for a short time. Not only is it illegal, it may prevent the disabled person the ability from reaching his/her destination.
7. Do NOT park in cross-hatched areas of an accessible parking space, even if you have a disability parking placard or HP plate. The cross-hatch area enables vans with wheelchair lifts to operate.
8. False use of a disability placard has its consequences. If you do not require a placard, you are precluding a person in need from having an accessible space. Misusing a disability placard is subject to a $500 fine, revocation of the placard, and a 30-day suspension of a driver's license for a first offense. Repeat offenders face a $1,000 fine and up to a one-year license suspension.
9. Help ensure proper enforcement/use of disability placards. If you know someone is misusing a placard, file a complaint form with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
10. Not all disabilities are visible to an observer (e.g. heart disease). Many people who have disability plates and placards have difficulty walking distances but do not limp, use canes, crutches, or wheelchairs.
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