The duties of the committee, as defined by the resolution that formed it, are: to develop and channel information regarding disabled persons to the citizens of the community through the introduction of special activities; to work with all aspects of community life so that persons with disabilities will realize the rights and responsibilities afforded to all citizens; to receive recommendations, requests, and citizen complaints regarding problems affecting the disabled; to make advisory recommendations to the Lafayette City/Parish President and the Lafayette City/Parish Council regarding problems faced by the disabled which might be addressed by the Lafayette City/Parish Consolidated Government; to serve as an advisory panel to the Lafayette City/Parish President and the Lafayette City/Parish Council on new activities, legislation and procedures affecting the disabled; and to help increase opportunities for employment for persons with disabilities.
Nell Hahn is the Director of Systems Advocacy and Litigation at the Advocacy Center, Louisiana’s protection and advocacy agency for individuals with disabilities. She has been with the Advocacy Center since 1997. She handles individual and class action litigation enforcing the rights of people with disabilities to be free from discrimination in health care, education, other government programs, housing, and public accommodations. She also participates in and oversees agency projects that are aimed at achieving broad changes in systems that affect people with disabilities in Louisiana. Before her employment with the Advocacy Center, Ms. Hahn was in private practice in the employment and civil rights firm of Hahn, Levy, and East in Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.
Virginia M. Jones
Virginia Jones is currently employed at Lafayette Economic Development Authority since 2000 as a research assistant. She chairs the McComb/Veazey LCG neighborhood Coterie committee, works with Holy Rosary on their Restoration Board Committee and is secretary of the HRI Alumni. She serves on the Boys and Girls Club Corporate Board of Directors, the UL Student Support Advisory committee, the Blue Ribbon (finance) committee with LPSS and is a member of Glenn Armentor’s Pay It Forward Scholarship committee.
Ms. Jones has attended UL, Grambling, University of Phoenix, New Horizons computer school, LEDA and other professional development classes. She is a partial paraplegic since 1964 and provides first-hand information on challenges for citizens with disabilities.
Karen P. Juneau
Karen P. Juneau, PT is from Monroe, LA and has lived in Lafayette since 1991. She is married to Wendell Juneau and has 3 children. Their oldest son has Autism. In 2011, Karen founded "Sky's the Limit of Acadiana" (www.skysthelimitofacadiana.com
) with the mission to assist in the development of a residential community to be built in Acadiana for adults with special needs. She assists other non-profit organizations with their fundraising efforts building unity in the special needs community and prides herself as being an advocate for Autism.
Marilyn Martin is a nationally Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) who is dedicated to evidence based practices. In 2014, she was published in The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation regarding the predicted impact of the CESP exam served as proctor for the National Certification Exam. She currently serves on the Louisiana State Board for APSE - Advancing People Supporting Employment and is a Job Coach for Acadiana Works.
Dr. Monique Koll is a local veterinarian, partially paralyzed after being hit by an unlicensed driver in 2012. She is now walking again, but the experience made her very aware of the disadvantages manual wheelchairs have when maneuvering around the city. It also highlighted the incredible support the Acadiana culture has when the community came together to help her recover. This prompted Dr. Koll to become a Realtor and public speaker, and now the Executive Director of BikeLafayette, which through education, community building, and infrastructure improvements, she aims to preserve the culture that she loves, and to make Acadiana safe for all vulnerable road users - pedestrians, disabled, and cyclists.
Sara is currently a student at University of Louisiana at Lafayette working on her Master's Degree in Counseling Education in the mental health track. She has ac Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. Sara's ultimate goal after obtaining her Master's Degree is to work with the disabled community in disability adjustment. She is a wife and mother of two.
Robin N. Vidrine is the Director of Services for Goodwill Industries of Acadiana. She and her team provide various employment and educational services to the community. These programs are funded through the sale of donations in Goodwill’s retail stores. Robin currently serves as the Secretary of the Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (Acadiana-VOAD) committee. She is also an active member of the Lafayette Social Service Network and the Lafayette Parish School System Transition team. Robin obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University. She was born and raised in Scott, LA and currently resides there with her family.
To contact the Committee:
E-mail Address: Disability@LafayetteLA.gov
Phone Number: (337) 291-8308
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