Schenectady event raises disability awareness

"People just don't understand what they need to do," said Planck. "You have to think how somebody in a wheelchair is going to look at it, or how someone who is legally blind will look at it."

Planck has also been working on a proposed fitness trail in Central Park.

With a group of volunteers, Planck has been clearing brush in preparation for the new trail. Planck said work will continue this summer.

"We're hoping to have the trail up and running by next year," said Planck.

In order to see the fruit of his efforts, Planck said he would need the continued support of Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton and the city council.

The city helped fund the Disability Awareness Access Festival through its Parks and Recreation Committee.

"We want to bring awareness to the public," said Planck. "We (the disabled) have the right to be here. We have the right to exist.""

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