‘This can be a wonderland’: On ADA anniversary, Hochul visits Sunshine Camp

As a line of golf carts wound around Sunshine Camp in Rush on Monday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul got in and out so she could enjoy the view from the camp’s new tree house.

“That’s unbelievable,” said Hochul after crossing a ramp and making her way to the large deck of the tree house.

She attended the camp for children with disabilities on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, especially by employers, and enforces accessibility features in public spaces.

Hochul later spoke about what she saw at the camp run by Rochester Rotary.

“This is a wonderland. I was expecting a more rustic warehouse, ”said Hochul. “The accommodations here are first class. Really, really world class. “

The 157 hectare campsite can accommodate up to 3,000 camp visitors per year and has a climbing wall, swimming pool, zip line, a new playground and a sensory center.

“It is a place of new beginnings, a place of hope,” said Hochul. “It is a place of refueling for children and people of all ages with special needs and their families.”

Hochul said the nation has come a long way in dealing with inclusion issues, but the COVID-19 pandemic has shown room for much improvement.

“What does the future of remote work look like? What opportunities does this give people with disabilities to be able to work in more professions? ”She asked.

She said more needed to be done on several fronts, including employment and transport issues.

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