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Society Anniversary Observed With Special City Proclamation
Cathy Mendoza
Cathy Mendoza, Executive Director of the local Society for disABILITIES, thanks the Riverbank City Council for its proclamation, presented at the June 14 meeting, recognizing and celebrating the society’s 75 years of service to Central Valley communities. - photo by Ric MCGinnis - News Correspondent

Members of the Riverbank City Council recently recognized the Society for disABILITIES on its 75th anniversary, the recognition coming at the council’s regular meeting on June 14.

Mayor Richard D. O’Brien read the proclamation into the record, then presented a copy to Executive Director Cathy Mendoza.

The council was informed that the society is “a community resource and referral agency, and operates the largest medical equipment inventory available for loan within Northern California.”

In addition, it “provides a host of recreational programs ranging from bike camps to water skiing, pageants to proms.”

Mendoza reports that the society provides “recreational opportunities that help to bolster self-confidence and help individuals realize their potential regardless of disabilities.”

The proclamation also highlighted the fact that the society operates the largest loan closet in the area, providing “adaptive, mobility and medical equipment to those in need, and has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities in Stanislaus County and beyond.”

City Manager Marisela Garcia noted that, “by getting the public to focus on diverse capabilities rather than disabilities, hopefully the stigma and prejudice sometimes experienced in society will lessen. People with varied abilities can be independent, productive, and an integral part of the community in which they live.”

It was also noted that disabilities do not discriminate and can affect anyone at any time, regardless of race, age, gender, creed, social status, etc. The Society for disABILITIES, she said, encourages residents to be cognizant of the needs and capabilities of persons with disabilities.