This weekend on In Focus, we recognize Disability Employment Awareness Month and some of the advocates working to ensure New Yorkers of all abilities can lead independent lives. JoDee Kenney sat down with Shameka Andrews, advocate, author, and state coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair New York. Andrews, who was born with spina bifida, began her advocacy in high school, lobbying graduation organizers to create an accessible experience for students of all abilities. She now engages with lawmakers and other stakeholders to elevate the conversation beyond compliance with current laws, to that of usability and accessibility for all. Andrews says her work with the Ms. Wheelchair New York competition is very rewarding, empowering and celebrating women making strides in their community and raising awareness.

You can watch the full interview with Shameka Andrews in the video player above. And be sure to tune in for a look inside the biggest issues impacting upstate New York on In Focus with JoDee Kenney every Sunday on Spectrum News 1.