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Pennswood Village Resident Jim Smith Appointed to Middletown Township’s Disabled Persons Advisory Board

Posted on March 23, 2018 in Archived News

March 23, 2018

Newtown, PAPennswood Village resident Jim Smith has been appointed to serve on the Middletown Township’s Disabled Persons Advisory Board. As a polio survivor, Jim has been a volunteer and advocate for people with disabilities throughout his life.

In addition to his work with the board, Jim has worked with the University of Villanova’s College of Nursing in a ground-breaking program called “Standardized Patients with Disabilities,” which aims to teach nurses and nurse practitioners the skills needed to help patients who are disabled or wheelchair-bound.

According to Middletown Township’s website, “The Disabled Persons Advisory Board assists the Township in all matters necessary to comply with the mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act, provides a forum for the public to address the problems and concerns of the disabled in our community, and provides education and resources to benefit members of the community with disabilities.”

In the past, the board has worked to increase the number of accessible parking spaces within the township and also to increase access to ball fields and parks. The board also worked with the Public Works Department on the importance of snow removal at crosswalks, and assisted in the acquisition of a listening system for the hearing impaired for the public hall in the municipal center.

The Middletown Township Board of Supervisors established the board in 2000. Board members serve 2-year terms, and the board holds monthly meetings that are open to the public.

Jim and his wife Mary came to Pennswood from Penndel, PA, in November 2015, after being active in the community’s polio support group, as well as the choral group.

For volunteer opportunities with the Disabled Persons Advisory Board, you can visit them online.


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