July 14, 2020

Disability Rights panel discussion July 16

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights legislation that ensures equal opportunity of all citizens, regardless of their disability status. Local leaders will discuss the impact of the ADA on employment, community access and technology during a virtual panel at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

The panel discussion will take place on Zoom and broadcast on Facebook Live via the Center for Independent Living Options page. Kevin Flynn, disability rights advocate and former Cincinnati councilman, will moderate and lead the conversation.

Panelists Include:

Paula Brehm-Heeger, director of the Cincinnati Public Library. Paula is a strong and passionate advocate for public libraries, focusing on expanding access, community and civic engagement and innovation.

Heidi Pettyjohn, executive director for accessibility, University of Cincinnati. Heidi provides institutional leadership and guides efforts in the sustainment of an accessible and inclusive experience for disabled students, staff and visitors at the university.

Erin Rolfes, corporate affairs manager, Kroger. Erin is responsible for driving Kroger’s purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit; by engaging with the community and non-profit partners in Cincinnati and Dayton and generating uplift through storytelling and internal communications.

This discussion is part of Disability Pride Cincinnati, a month-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and sponsored by a coalition of disability service providers and local government agencies.


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