Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Joins Commission on Disabilities to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake attended the annual meeting for the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities to receive their annual report and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Mayor addressed members after they reviewed the Commission’s accomplishments. She recognized key contributions from members and laid out new goals for members to address in the next fiscal year.

“By helping make Baltimore more accessible and friendly for disabled employees, we can strengthen our neighborhoods, schools and recreation centers, and parks.” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “I greatly appreciate the work of the volunteers and agency staff who contribute to promoting more accessible work environments, safer neighborhoods, and better opportunities for families.”In recognition of the anniversary week of the ADA, Mr. Kareem Dale, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement & Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, delivered the keynote address at the meeting. Mr. Dale spoke on the importance of the ADA and current disability issues that still need prioritization and advocacy.

The Mayor recognized the Commission members for their work this past year including:

  • Ensuring the improvement of accessibility at some medical institutions and recreation centers and parks;
  • Increasing awareness of accessible handicapped parking for businesses and citizens;
  • Advocating for improved mobility services, such as from curb to curb and door to door;
  • Improving service to dialysis and other patients with disabilities during emergencies such as the Snow Storm of 2010;
  • Developing and marketing information on tax incentives for hiring people with disabilities;
  • Developing guidelines to increase accessible and visitable housing;

Providing employment and economic asset building opportunities for our citizens.

The Mayor and Commission recognized the important contributions of individuals for their contributions to making the City more accessible: Jo-Anne Stough, Baltimore City Department of Social Services; Michael Naugle, Department of Recreation and Parks; Gayle Johnson Adams, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; and, City Councilman Robert W. Curran.

“We continue to strive to assist the Mayor in having more accessible services for our students, more accessible housing for our families, and greater job and economic opportunity for people with disabilities,” said Lanie Vogelhut, Chair, Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities.

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