Advocates for the disabled reorganize

A disbanded advocacy group for the handicapped reorganized Wednesday, renewing its call for greater accessibility for the disabled in Augusta.

Attendees at the meeting for the reborn Able disAbled say that some government entities, such as Augusta Transit, and some businesses are not living up to the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Gerald Powell, the group's former president who was re-elected to the post during the meeting, said Able disAbled's goals are to educate the public about accessibility issues and advocate for change. Attendees also said they want to recognize organizations that are ADA-compliant.

"People with disabilities are not second-class citizens, and we should not be treated as second-class citizens," Mr. Powell said.

Able disAbled disbanded in March 2006. The group traces its roots to the 1970s and formerly ran Star Transportation, a transit service for the handicapped.

The next meeting of Able disAbled will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Walton Options for Independent Living campus at Walton Way and 10th Street.

Reach J. Scott Trubey at (706) 823-3424 or scott.trubey@augustachronicle.com.