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H.Con.Res. 151 (ih) Expressing continuing sympathy for the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the Republic of India on January 26, 2001, and support for ongoing aid efforts. [Introduced in House] ...
H. CON. RES. 150
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 7, 2001
Received and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and
Expressing the sense of Congress that Erik Weihenmayer's achievement of
becoming the first blind person to climb Mount Everest demonstrates the
abilities and potential of all blind people and other individuals with
Whereas misconceptions and negative stereotypes about blindness and other
disabilities significantly contribute to the challenges that individuals
with blindness or other disabilities encounter;
Whereas in order to help promote a positive public perception of blindness, the
National Federation of the Blind
sponsored the quest of Erik Weihenmayer to become the first blind person to
climb Mount Everest;
Whereas on May 23, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer, as part of a climbing team,
successfully climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, which, at a height
of 29,035 feet above sea level, is the highest summit in the world;
Whereas Erik Weihenmayer has climbed to the summit of Ama Dablam, Mount
McKinley, El Capitan, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Vinson Massif, and Polar
Circus, which is a 3,000 foot ice waterfall in Alberta, Canada;
Whereas despite his blindness, Erik Weihenmayer is a speaker, writer, acrobatic
skydiver and scuba diver, long-distance cyclist, marathon runner, skier,
mountaineer, and ice and rock climber;
Whereas Erik Weihenmayer's many accomplishments have earned him the Health and
Fitness Association Award, the Glaucoma Foundation's Lifetime
Achievement Award, Connecticut's Most Courageous Athlete Award, ESPN's
ARETE Award for courage in sports, the Distinguished Arizonan Award, the
Gene Autry Award, induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame,
and the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch through Phoenix, Arizona;
Whereas Erik Weihenmayer's achievements demonstrate that blind people and other
individuals with disabilities can accomplish extraordinary goals if they
are provided with the proper training and opportunities: Now, therefore,
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That it is the sense of Congress that--
(1) Erik Weihenmayer's achievement of becoming the first
blind person to climb Mount Everest demonstrates the abilities
and potential of all blind people and other individuals with
(2) individuals with blindness or other disabilities can
overcome almost any obstacle if they are provided with the
Passed the House of Representatives June 6, 2001.
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