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.
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities Awards. Click here to download an application.
Debbie Aymond is currently Regional Manager for Louisiana Rehabilitation Services for the Lafayette Region, which is an 8 Parish area. She has held that position since September 2007. Prior to that, she served as a Rehabilitation District Supervisor in the Thibodaux Region and a Master Rehabilitation Counselor for twenty-two years. She is the recipient of several awards including the Department of Social Services Walk of Fame in 2007, Distinguished Merit Award, Lafourche Mayors’ Committee on Disability Issues- 2006, Meritorious Service Award, St. Mary Mayors’ Committee on Disability Issues- 1999, and the Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Award- 1997. She currently serves on the Lafayette Workforce Investment Board and is Chairperson of the WIB 40 and 41 Coordination Committee. She is also a member of the Lafayette Social Service Network and the Lafayette Parish School System Transition Team. She has been married for 36 years and has two children and four grandchildren.
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.
Marilyn Martin is currently employed by Acadiana Works as a Job Coach. In 2014 her article on the importance of job coaches becoming certified was published in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation titled, " CESP Impact: Comparing supported employment and sign language interpreting." She is a Nationally Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) and is a Certified Support Service Professional (SSP) for individuals who deafblind. As national member and State Board Member of Advancing People Supporting Employment First (APSE), she is dedicated to evidence based practices. In 2013, she was honored by Lafayette Consolidated Government as a recipient of the Merit Award by the Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities and was selected to join the Disability Awareness Committee.
Chad P. Romero
Chad P. Romero works as a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual, where he specializes in Financial Planning for families with Special Needs children. He was born and raised in Lafayette and currently resides there with his wife of eight years and his two children. He is a graduate of UL at Lafayette, a Leadership Lafayette Graduate of 2009, and a Board Member of the Lafayette Education Foundation since 2011. His free time is spent with family and friends and also volunteering.
Sara Robin Trahan
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 her 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.
To contact the Committee:
E-mail Address: Disability@LafayetteLA.gov
Phone Number: (337) 291-8308
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