Disability Network Southwest Michigan will host a community-wide celebration of the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please join us on Friday, July 27 at our Kalamazoo office (517 E. Crosstown Parkway) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a free lunch, presentations and awards ceremony. This year’s Keynote speaker is Tamara Jorkasky from the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources who will be presenting on the topic of Universal Design.
The ADA anniversary celebration has become an annual tradition at Disability Network as we gather with our customers, community partners, neighbors and elected officials to celebrate the passage of this important civil rights legislation which grants protection against the discrimination of people with disabilities.
Our keynote speaker is Tamara Jorkasky from the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources who will be presenting on the topic of Universal Design. Tamara Jorkasky is a Grant Coordinator for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Program, Land and Water Conservation Fund Program and the Michigan Recreation Passport Grant Program. Tamara also serves on the DNR Accessibility Team (A-Team) and Sense of Place Council. Tamara Jorkasky joined the DNR Grants Management Section in 2012.
Awards will be presented by Disability Network Southwest Michigan for the Jim Neubacher Lifetime Achievement Award, Bob Davis Independent Living Award and Volunteer of the Year.
- Lois Baldwin, Counselor, Office for Student Access at Kalamazoo Valley Community College is being honored with the Jim Neubacher Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given in memory of Jim Neubacher, a person with a disability and a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Jim wrote about the inclusion and civil rights of people with disabilities.
- Kayla Hanchett, a recent high school and Michigan Career and Technical Institute graduate, is being presented with the Bob Davis Independent Living Award. This award is given in memory of Bob Davis, son of Al and Kay Davis, who was involved in a vehicle accident and sustained a brain and spinal cord injury. He lived independently, attended the Brain Injury Survivors Support Group and overcame obstacles to achieve independence.
- Hayley Kreg is being presented with the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award. Hayley spends her volunteer hours supporting Disability Network’s front desk reception area.
This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions, contact Kristen Potts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 345-1516 x119.
Thank you to Kalamazoo Valley Community College for allowing us to use their parking lot just behind our building on Dutton Street for this event. Look for the ADA event parking signs.