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File #: 210236    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/18/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/25/2021
Title: Honoring the advocacy of Bill Krebs in affirming the rights of all people with disabilities.
Sponsors: Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21023600, 2. Signature21023600
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Honoring the advocacy of Bill Krebs in affirming the rights of all people with disabilities.

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WHEREAS, Bill "Trouble" Krebs is a vocal self-advocate and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Bill Krebs is the Advocacy Coordinator at Keystone Human Services based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and leads a cross-disability support group and coordinates training on using accessible transit for Philadelphia-based Liberty Resources; and

WHEREAS, Bill Krebs resides in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, The month of March has been celebrated nationwide since 1987 as National Developmental Disability Awareness Month; and

WHEREAS, There is a long, under-acknowledged history of mistreatment, discrimination, and institutionalization of people with intellectual disabilities; and

WHEREAS, July 2020 was the thirtieth anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") that prohibits discrimination based on disability and protects the rights of Americans with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Even after the passage of the ADA, disability advocates like Bill Krebs have continued to fight for justice for all Americans with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Just 32 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities are employed; and

WHEREAS, Disabled Americans are twice as likely to live in poverty; and

WHEREAS, Bill Krebs went from being placed in special education classes at a young age, to working in a workshop, to becoming a vocal advocate for himself and for people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Bill Krebs is the proud recipient of the Brighter Futures Award, the Justin Dart Award, and the Mental Health Award; and

WHEREAS, Bill Krebs is the founder of the Young Adults Autism Club/Autism First support group that offers trainings and discussions on how to be independent in the community; and

WHEREAS, Bill Krebs was successfully awarded funding from Grants for Autism Advocacy and support from the Philadelphia Autism ...

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