Thursday, July 30, 2015

25th Anniversary of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act

As part of an Expo and Celebration honoring the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fulton County Government presented the Barham Disability Champion Award to four disability advocates serving Fulton County residents.  The awards were named in honor of musician and advocate for those living with disabilities, Frank Barham, who was killed in a motor vehicle crash earlier this year.  The honorees include:                        
Beverly Williams has led the Advisory and Outreach Center of the Georgia Library for Accessible Services for the past 16 years.  Ms. Williams oversees the delivery of library services to persons with disabilities throughout the state of Georgia and actively works to inform members of this community of services available to them.

Yvette Pegues was crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA for 2014-2015, representing both the nation and Georgia in that capacity.  After surviving a traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, Ms. Pegues devoted her much of her effort to serving those living with disabilities including founding the non-profit Your Invisible Disability Group and serving as a national spokesperson for Camp Dream, a recreational camp for children with disabilities.

Teodoro Maus is the retired Consul-General to Atlanta, representing his native Mexico.  Now a naturalized US citizen, Mr. Maus co-founded the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) which helps Latinos defend and advance their civil and human rights, including the rights of those living with disabilities. He is also a producer and anchor of a Spanish language talk radio program, GLAHR INFOMRA, discussing issues surrounding Latino immigrants in the United States. 

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (pictured above) have worked tirelessly to advocate for children and adults living with disabilities for the past 28 years.  In that time, the organization has worked to secure thousands of wheelchairs and other medical equipment for citizens in need including those in Fulton County. 

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