Mrs. Shriver: Still On The Job
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20 physically and mentally disabled residents of an apartment complex
in Monrovia received eviction notices recently.
“Regulations” restricted residence in the complex to senior citizens, according to the complex manager.
Friday, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger went to Monrovia, and announced that a compromise had been worked out that would permit the disabled tenants to remain in their apartments.
The governor credited his late mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, with inspiring him to move quickly. As he read the Los Angeles Times story about the evictions, he said he imagined her saying “You’ve read the story. What are you going to do about it?”
Mrs. Shriver, who died last month, Was this country’s leading advocate for the inclusion of disabled people in every facet of life, as well as literally remaking the world to accommodate them. She founded the Special Olympics for mentally disabled people nearly half a century ago. Today, the fames are held in 180 countries.
We only hope the governor responds as quickly when Mrs. Shriver chides him for closing the regional centers that provided vital services to the disabled.