Detroit launches plan to improve access to jobs, housing for disabled residents

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Mayor Mike Duggan on Monday announced a multi-year plan to improve access to housing, transportation and employment for the city’s disabled residents. 

The mayor said the proposal is the product of months of coordination between his office, multiple city departments, including the Detroit’s Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department and community groups. 

The announcement comes six months after Detroit’s Office of Disability Affairs was established, a move Duggan described as a commitment to “making clear to the disabled members of our community that they were fully valued and that we wanted their talents and contributions.”

Duggan unveiled the three-year plan during a joint press conference with city officials and community organizers on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

CRIO Director Kim Rustem said the department was commemorating the anniversary by making sure all Detroiters felt represented by the city’s policies.

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