Small Acts of Advocacy Can Make a
By Kara Kahnke, Community Advocate
Photo by Loren Worthington
In another instance, I also helped ensure that a pothole obstructing a curb cut near my home was repaired to make the street accessible. After receiving a delayed response from the City of Tempe, I reminded them that failing to provide accessible curb cuts is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They repaired the pothole the next day! I get special satisfaction each time my wheelchair drives over the repaired spot in the street. I enjoy advocating to improve my life and the lives of others. I hope to continue to improve my community, even if it’s a few tables or one pothole at a time!
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Kara Kahnke has cerebral palsy. She is a community advocate and holds a bachelor’s in journalism and master’s in counseling from Arizona State University. She has volunteered at Ability360 since 2012, and received Ability360’s Mentor Match of the Year award because her mentor partnership accomplished her goal of learning to cook independently. She plans to become a Peer Mentor at Ability360 to inspire others to self-advocate and live as independently as possible.