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The voice of the disabled

A simple life – to hold a decent-paying job, go where you want, eat where you please, dress the way you like, shop the best deals – all the things most people take for granted are out of reach for many persons with disabilities.

The Americans with Disability Act is but a young adult, marking the 20th anniversary of its signing in July, but has quietly, firmly and determinedly changed the lives of disabled persons for the better. But, there’s still more work to do, according to Susan J. Hoger, executive director of the Resource Center of Accessible Living in Kingston.

The center, founded by Joan Gunderson, has been easing the lives of persons with disabilities for 28 years, Hoger said in an interview this week.

Read more here: ‘The voice of the disabled’ (video) – The Daily Freeman Life: Serving the Hudson Valley since 1871(

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