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WBTA and two of its finest are being given a very dignified award. The Genesee ARC is giving this year’s Spirit of ARC award to Dan and Deb Fischer.

The Fischer’s are not only the president and vice-president of WBTA, but for years they’ve been working with those with disabilities using their radio station as the voice to advocate for those with disabilities.

Deb talks about how she got involved with the Genesee ARC.

"I started working with the Genesee ARC when we came to Batavia to live from Jamestown, as I had been involved with the ARC in Jamestown before and our dear friends had a child with down syndrome," said Deb. 

Both of the Fischer’s are constantly helping the organization with fund raising.

Deb currently serves as treasurer for the Genesee ARC board of directors and Dan helps the agency with marketing.

ARC's Director of Development Shelley Falitico said the award is the highest honor that can be given to a community member.

"I personally would like to congratulate Dan and Deb, they have been wonderful to me as the person responsible for doing all the community relations and interacting with the public and the media. They've been very supportive of our agency in many ways and I know I always can depend on both of them to give us good advice and head us in the right direction," Falitico. 

Deb said the two are humbled to be receiving the award. She says she encourages the community to also get involved.

"It touches everyone in some way fashion of form, my grandson is autistic, so everyone knows somebody with a disability and if you want to help them reach there full capacity and full level of living in our community you want to do everything you can," said Deb. 

The Fischer’s will receive the award at the Genesee ARC’s 2012 annual meeting and awards banquet.

"Everyone should have the opportunity, just like everybody else there shouldn't be any discrimination between people. Celebrate the abilities and not the disabilities," Deb. 

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