Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!
Deadline for Nominations is October 4, 2019
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The Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) recognized community members who improve the lives of those living with disabilities. Honorees were celebrated on October 17 at the 11th Annual Awards Ceremony. Following the local event, the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs presented the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities (GOLD) Awards on November 28 at the Old State Capitol Building with several honorees from the Lafayette area.​


  2018 ACCD Award Winners
              • ​Nicole Poiencot – Vickie Nettles Advocacy Award

              • Louisiana Rehab Services – Distinguished Merit

              • Hilary Ragan – Educator of the Year

              • Michaels Arts and Crafts – Employer of the Year

              • The Melara Family – Family of the Year

              • Robert Martin Whatley – Outstanding Individual with a Disability

              • Taylor Trache – Media of the Year

              • Claire Carriere – Volunteer of the Year

 
Read more about the 2018 ACCD Awards!
 
ada-handicapped-parking-sign-k-2503.pngThink Before You Park - The D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana and the Advocacy Center of Louisiana partnered with the Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities, to produce a public service announcement reminding drivers that observing handicapped parking signs is not just the law, but it is also the right thing to do.
 
Proximity to a building’s entrance, space for loading and unloading wheelchair equipment and weather all play a significant factor in the ability for citizens in wheelchairs to move in and out of a vehicle. For wheelchair-bound citizens and their caregivers, not being able to park in designated handicapped spaces can hinder or even make it impossible to get their destinations. Watch Think Before You Park now!
 
 
 
 
Committee Members: 

Nell Hahn
Nell Hahn - Chair
Nell Hahn is a retired attorney. Prior to her retirement in 2016, she served as the Director of Systems Advocacy and Litigation at the Advocacy Center, Louisiana’s protection and advocacy agency for individuals with disabilities.  She worked for the Advocacy Center from 1997-2016, handling 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 participated in agency projects aimed at achieving broad changes in systems that affect people with disabilities in Louisiana.
Susannah Craig

Susannah Craig - Vice-Chair
Originally, from upstate NY, Susannah Craig has called Acadiana home for over three decades.  She has worked with families of children with special needs since 1992 and is the mother of an adult son with cerebral palsy.  Susannah has worked at Camp Bon Coeur, programs for children with heart defects, since 1999.

Susannah served on several boards across Louisiana and in NY.  She has been an advocate for people with disabilities for many years and has worked closely with the medical and educational communities to assure that children with special needs receive the services and support that they need.



David Koury
I was born and raised in Lafayette. I am a graduate of Teurlings Catholic high school, class of 1975. I am also a graduate of LSU with a degree in political science. I was diagnosed with an AV- malformation deep in the right side of brain while in law school. I graduated but experienced a bleed while taking the bar exam. My doctors advised me a legal career maybe too stressful on my condition. I became active with the head injury support group at a local hospital. In the group I became friends and helped local playwright Neville Breaux cast and aided him in casting his play exclusively with head injury survivors. It was the first time a theatrical production was cast entirely with head injury survivors. The play was performed throughout Louisiana and Texas, primarily at rehab facilities. In 1990, we were given the opportunity to perform the play in Washington D.C., in conjunction with national head injury month.

Presently, I am involved with the Sterling Grove neighborhood association I am a member of the steering committee. I enjoy the yard and genealogy


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.
Keely McGibboney
Keely McGibboney is a policy analyst for the regional economic development organization One Acadiana, where she focuses on policies to improve South Louisiana's infrastructure. Prior to her work at One Acadiana, Keely served Louisiana's Third Congressional District as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD., handling federal policy matters related to veterans, infrastructure, education, the environment, and more. Keely is a native of Acadiana and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

​​ Dr. Carol Landry
Dr. Carol Landry is the Director of the Office of Disability Services at UL Lafayette. She serves over 1,000 students in need of academic accomodations due to disability. Dr. Landry received her Master's and Doctorate degree from LSU (Counselor Education and Higher Education Administration). She has been an employee of UL Lafayette for 22 years as Director of Disability Services  (13 Years) and mental health counselor (9 years). Sh is married to Steve Landry and is the mother of two teenagers. ​



Nicole Poiencot​
Nicole Poiencot is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  She earned a Master’s in Social Work from LSU in 2001 and obtained an undergraduate degree from LSU with a Major in Psychology and Spanish in 1997.   Subsequently, she earned a Post Graduate certificate in Vision Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation from Mississippi State University in 2015.  Nicole Poiencot is a Master Specialist with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Lafayette Region.    She manages a case load of individuals with visual impairments and blindness.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Disability Awareness Committee and appreciates the support of the committee members and the public.  

 
Disability Affairs Coordinator:
Liam Doyle
337-291-5037
(Photo Credit: Mary Cormaci)

In November 2017, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux welcomed Liam Doyle as the Disability Affairs Coordinator for his administration. Liam is a well-known local disability advocate and former Chairman of the Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities. The position was created to serve as an official voice for citizens with disabilities within Lafayette Consolidated Government. According to Mr. Robideaux,“Liam brings the knowledge and passion needed to accurately represent disability issues on a day-to-day basis. With his help, Lafayette’s citizens will see expedited planning and improvement towards ADA compliance, faster responses to constituents’ concerns and greater awareness of our inclusion efforts.”

To contact the Committee:
Email: Disability@LafayetteLA.gov
Phone: (337) 291-8308
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Lafayette Consolidated Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, income, gender, age, and disability in access to, or operation of its programs, services, activities or in its hiring or employment practices. Click here to review the ADA and Title VI Plans. 

 

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