Ashley Nicole's Dream Playground
The experiences of a little girl named Ashley Nicole Manes and her little sister, Allison were the inspiration to build a universally accessible playground so all children could play together. The playground is located across from Caswell park on Winona Street. A committee of local interested citizens created this project that DRC supports. They plan to continue adding on to this park. Please visit dreamplayground.org to learn how you can support this project.
Disability Mentoring Day
Occurring every year in the month of October, National Disability Mentoring Day promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on career exploration, and raises awareness of disability issues both locally and nationally. With leadership, coordination and resource material from the disABILITY Resource Center and collaboration with other businesses and service providers, Disability Mentoring Day has proven to be a success in assisting people with disabilities in finding employment opportunities, and businesses in learning about a historically underutilized pool of talent. If you would like to participate, please call the DRC.
American with Disabilities Act Celebrations:
Spirit of ADA Awards Celebration
The Spirit of ADA Awards Celebration is a yearly event that honors individual members or groups who further the goal of empowering people with disabilities toward full community participation and inclusion. The event includes award presentations, dinner, and a silent auction that benefits the disABILITY Resource Center.
Spirit of ADA Awards Descriptions
The Spirit of the ADA Awards honor individual members or groups who further the goal of empowering people with disabilities toward full community participation and inclusion. They demonstrate equal opportunity in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services, telecommunication, and other community activities. The award winners go above and beyond the civil rights protections afforded by the ADA in order to break down physical and attitudinal barriers faced by people with disabilities.
- Spirit of ADA Award to a Person with a disABILITY honors a person whose life exemplifies the spirit of the ADA. This person has overcome physical and attitudinal barriers, recognized as an empowered individual in our community and an inspiration to other people.
- Spirit of ADA Award to the Most Accessible Business honors a business that has demonstrated above and beyond compliance with the ADA and broken down the physical and attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities so that they can better participate in our society.
- Spirit of ADA Award to a Community Leader honors a person whose public works has led to the empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities in our community.
- Spirit of ADA Award to a Service Provider honors an individual or agency that has provided exemplary services in order to empower individuals with disabilities so that they can participate and be included in our community.
- Spirit of ADA Award to an Employer honors an employer that has applied non-discrimination practices and has employed qualified individuals with disabilities hence demonstrating the elimination of barriers to employment and empowerment of an individual with a disability so that he/she can lead a productive work life.
If you would like to place a nomination for any of these awards, please complete the nomination form and send to the attention of the Selection Committee at the DRC.
Xtreme Challenge is an experiential disability awareness training. During the challenge, people have the opportunity to see and experience how a person with a disability navigates the world using technology, sign language, wheelchairs, and service animals.
You can also try some special challenges that day. the Rolling Wheelchair Obstacle course, Simon Signs (instead of Simon Says), the Cane and Guide Walk, the Pluck a Duck, and Beeper Baseball. (blindfolded again!)