March 4, 2010

Public Transit & Freedom: The Falks’ Story

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For many, public transit really does mean freedom. What kind of freedom? The freedom to work, the freedom to be social, the freedom to educate yourself, the freedom to live your life. For Stuart and Dianne Falk, who both have multiple sclerosis, Metro Call‑A‑Ride allows them to attend theater rehearsals with the DisAbility Project, go to the gym, attend religious services, and other activities throughout town. When their Call‑A‑Ride service was lost last March during service cuts, the Falks appeared on CNN and St. Louis Post-Dispatch to tell how the cuts would affect their lives. The Falks admitted to feeling “trapped” in their nursing facility in Ballwin without Call‑A‑Ride access.

It’s always important to remember that public transit is more than buses and trains. Watch:

Metro Means Freedom – Stuart & Dianne Falk from St. Louis Metro Transit on Vimeo.

The Uppity Theater Company is the sponsor of the DisAbility Project Theater Group. You can schedule for them to come out and speak to your organization, business or school on a variety of topics from asthma to ADA accessibility to finding love. The group seeks to raise public awareness about disability and empower and honor the disabled through the stage. Schedule a performance for your organization!

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