Fasano’s work is appreciated

St. Petersburg Times May 21, 2008 Letter to the editor Despite budget difficulties, the Legislative session 2008 was not all bad news. All of us know how important mobility is in today’s fast-paced society. Thanks to the leadership of state Sen. Mike Fasano, Floridians who are transportation disadvantaged can rest easy. HB1175/SB788 passed unanimously. This…

Harding: the best man for ADA fight

Business Matters February 5, 2008 Bush selects local advocate for access board President George W. Bush recently appointed J.R. Harding, a Tallahassee program administrator at the Florida Department of Education, to a second term on the United States Access Board, the commission that reports to the president on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act…

Transit Issues Discussed During Special Summit

The Ledger (Lakeland) January 16, 2008 Government and social services leaders say buses are vital to many J.R. Harding, chairman of the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, spoke during the Transportation Summit on Tuesday at the Polk Community College/University of South Florida Lakeland campus. About 100 people from government and social services agencies attended the…

JR reappointed to Access Board

White House press release November 30, 2007 The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board: Douglas Anderson, of Illinois, (Handicapped); John Gunnar Box, of California, (Handicapped); Ronald J. Gardner, of Utah, (Handicapped); James R. Harding, II, of Florida, (Handicapped); Neil K. Melick, of…

‘Big Bell’ is a smart solution for disabled

Tallahassee Democrat June 2, 2007 ‘Big Bell’ is a smart solution for disabled The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) imposes many obligations on public and private business that are intended to facilitate equal opportunity and inclusion for persons with disabilities. Sometimes these laws and access standards are challenging to understand. Sometimes ADA compliance is cost-prohibitive…

Firms honored for hiring disabled

Tallahassee Democrat October 5, 2006 Florida’s vocational rehabilitation program has its best year ever J.R. Harding tried to walk away from a fistfight during his senior year at Culver High School near Indianapolis. His assailant, however, refused to allow Harding to “do the right thing,” Harding explained from his motorized wheelchair. Harding’s injuries in the…

County gets voting machines

Tallahassee Democrat June 16, 2006 Touch screens will help disabled voters Stacia Woolverton, a visually impaired Tallahassee receptionist, never votes in elections. She can’t read paper ballots that have been used in Leon County for years, and she doesn’t want to tell poll workers what her vote is. But this fall, Woolverton will have a…