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Do you tweet? Fishers to host first Twitter town hall

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – It’s the way many of us hold a conversation these days: on social media. The city of Fishers plans to join in, in a big way Monday night.

The city is hosting its first Twitter Town Hall Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. This first town hall will focus on accessibility within the community for those with disabilities. They plan to use the Twitter hashtag #FishersAccessibility.

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness says it’s all designed to meet people where they are and to hear feedback from those who live in the community.

Fadness says the community started a task force several years ago to research accessibility of parks, buildings and programs or events. Since then, they’ve already made changes to better accommodate everyone, including making some playgrounds more accessible, making closed captioning available for the city’s movies in the park event, and some police vehicles now send out vibrations instead of just sirens for the hard of hearing.

Their public safety departments also can use a program on iPads to FaceTime ASL or foreign language interpreters if they need to communicate with a victim in an emergency situation.

“We’re looking at different ways to make not only our organization but the community more accessible to those with disabilities, and we think this is a really unique opportunity to reach out on social media and have an open dialogue on how we can be better at that particular issue,” said Fadness.

Leaders plan to continue to evaluate and assess all parks, buildings and events.

They say Monday’s Twitter Town Hall will be the first in what will be a series of conversations on different topics.

If you don’t have Twitter, you can follow along online and submit questions or feedback through the city of Fishers website here.

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