Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities

Festival International wants patrons with disabilities to have a great festival experience. Organizers have released information to help make the experience easy. Find out about Free Parking, Shuttle Service, Getting Around, Viewing Areas, Restrooms and even how to Provide Feedback from the FIL press release.

Committee Members: 

Kathy Boudreaux Kathy Boudreaux
Kathy Boudreaux is a lifelong resident of Acadiana. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Kathy is currently the Director of Services for Goodwill Industries of Acadiana and has worked in social service for 18 years. In each of her positions, she served individuals with special needs in some capacity. She serves on the board of directors of the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana and was a past board member of the Autism Society of Acadiana. Kathy is also the mother of a son with Autism. She is both professionally and personally connected to issues related to disabilities and is dedicated to advocate for those with special needs.

Liam Doyle

Liam Doyle
Liam Doyle is the newest member of this committee. A two decade plus native of Lafayette,  Doyle is a college student majoring in history, attending SLCC with plans to transfer to ULL in the near future. Liam is very much looking forward to making much needed improvements to the city he loves, by working with whomever he can to get the work done. He considers this committee appointment a high honor and great responsibility.

Nell Hahn

Nell Hahn
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 Jones

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.
Jared Scott

Jared Scott
Jared Scott is a 2003 graduate from Lafayette High School.  He attended LSUE and ULL for a few semesters before suffering a spinal cord injury in July of 2007.  As a result of the injury, Jared became a quadriplegic.  Jared enjoys conducting online research about products that people love in order to find the best item and price.  He attends the Spinal Cord Injury Supp

ort Group at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital; and has recently become a new member of the Disability Awareness Committee at LCG.  He is looking forward to making the downtown area much more accessible for all.
Committee Liaisons:
Ariel Fisher
Veronica Ryder


To contact the Committee:
E-mail Address:
Phone Number: (337) 291-8308


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