The 2013 CCDC ADA Access Awards -- After the Party, What Now? By Julie Reiskin
CCDC hosted the 2013 ADA Access Awards in Denver Colorado on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Well over 200 people took time out of their busy day to show their support for the fight for the inclusion and independence of people with disabilities. The lunchtime event was held at Mile High Station, audio visual was done by J&S Audio Visual and catering was done by Biscuits and Berries Catering. All three organizations were very attentive to accessibility, accommodations and dietary restrictions – proving that good customer service for people with disabilities makes sense and can make dollars and cents! We had an exceptional group of sponsors, whose logo and website connection can be obtained by following this link:
They are truly committed to serving people with disabilities effectively and to the fight for inclusion and independence!
The event began with a keynote speech by Denver Broncos legend Haven Moses, who discussed teamwork – a very critical component of “cross-disability” -- people with all types of disabilities working together to achieve common goals. The four awardees this year were; Michelle Sie Whitten, Chanda Hinton-Leichtle, Karen Z. Brass and Colorado State Senator Pat Steadman. More information on the awardees can be found here:
The Awards for our recipients were artwork that was made by members of VSA Colorado/Access Gallery, an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts. Pictures of the Awards can be found here:
CCDC members and guests had a wonderful time. We were very honored to have in attendance former First Lady Francis Owens, RTD Directors Tom Tobiassen and Claudia Folska, former State Representative Fran Coleman and our CCDC Board Members. Pictures of the event can be found here:
We were very honored to receive a substantial donation in memory of former Board President Kathy Vincent at the Awards Ceremony. This funding will be utilized in promoting the rights of all people with disabilities to be provided with effective communications. This was a very important issue to Kathy and it is the next big battleground in the fight for inclusion and independence. Any money raised from Colorado Gives Day on December 10th will be applied exclusively to this effort next year.