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Posted on: September 12, 2016

Mayor’s Advisory Comm for People with Disabilities & White Plains Community Media Create PSA

The PSA serves as both a reminder and an educational and awareness tool for the public about the do’s and don’ts of accessible parking. The PSA runs approximately 3 ½ minutes and is currently available on the Advisory Committee webpage and through White Plains Cable Television’s Community Media.

Mayor Roach said, “Our goal is to distribute the PSA as widely as possible, as its message is an important one not just within White Plains, but around the state. I plan to share it with the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and the New York Conference of Mayors and encourage them to utilize it as well.”

The genesis of the PSA came from the Advisory Committee, whose role in part is to help increase the public’s understanding of the needs and challenges facing people with disabilities in the community. Committee members wrote the script, recorded the voice over and starred in the PSA. They connected with White Plains Community Media Director Jim Kenny and the White Plains Parking Department to film the PSA.

The City of White Plains has a long history of embracing technology to assist those with disabilities. The City is one of the few municipalities in Westchester County, for example, that utilizes pedestrian countdown clocks at most major intersections in the downtown and audible signals to assist those who are visually impaired in crossing the street. The City maintains 620 pedestrian signal displays citywide, including 360 countdown pedestrian displays and 154 audible pedestrian signals.

The Advisory Committee also recently identified another need: Ensuring that someone with a hearing impairment is able to clearly hear what is being said when they attend Common Council and Planning Board meetings in the Council Chamber. The Committee once again worked with White Plains Cable Television, which is responsible for recording both Common Council and Planning Board meetings, to address this issue. White Plains Cable was able to procure several assistive listening devices for the Chamber. These will now be made available to any member of the public attending a Common Council or Planning Board meeting who requests it. Signage has been purchased to let the public know that such assistive listening devices are available. There will be no charge for use of these devices.

“I’m pleased to see the Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities taking a proactive approach and utilizing their roles on the Committee to make improvements that impact our whole community,” said Mayor Roach.

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