Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Addressing the Needs of People with Disabilities and their Families




Raleigh Pathways Center
900 S. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601


The third Thursday of each month:

February 20, 2020 from noon - 1 p.m.


Raleigh Municipal Building
Room 305
222 West Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Meeting Minutes

Recent Minutes

Public Participation

If you would like to schedule an appearance before the Commission, contact Demetrius Edwards at 919-996-5740. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting.

The Raleigh City Council proclaims July 29 as Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day, in honor of the ADA's 29th anniversary. 


WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, establishing a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, the ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers, changing perceptions, and increasing opportunities for full participation and inclusion in community life; and,

WHEREAS, continued commitment to the principles of the ADA is necessary to help individuals with disabilities reach their full potential; and,

WHEREAS, on July 26, 2019, our city, state and nation will commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, recognizing and celebrating the progress that has been made; and,

WHEREAS, the City of Raleigh encourages people to reaffirm the principles of equality and inclusion laid out in the ADA and recommit our efforts to reach full ADA compliance so that every person in our city has the opportunity to succeed.

NOW, THEREFORE, do I, Nancy McFarlane, Mayor of the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim July 26, 2019 in the City of Raleigh as AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AWARENESS DAY.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, to be affixed this 26th day of July 2019.

Nancy McFarlane


The committee helps people with disabilities to participate in the economic and social life of the community. To this end, the committee promotes employment of people with disabilities and communicates their needs to local leaders and the public. The committee also sponsors activities benefiting people with disabilities and their families.

Committee Goals

  • Advise the mayor and City Council on matters of concern to citizens with disabilities.
  • Address environmental and attitudinal barriers preventing equal access by citizens with disabilities to education, recreation, employment, transportation, and housing.
  • Promote public awareness of the talents and abilities of persons with disabilities.
  • Inform citizens with disabilities of programs, services and opportunities available to them within the public and private sectors.

Awards Banquet

At the annual awards banquet, the committee recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals or groups who have made a significant impact on the community of persons with disabilities. Awards include:

  • Employer of the Year (Small, Medium and Large categories)
  • Citizen Involvement Award
  • Lockhart Follin-Mace Advocacy Award
  • James E. Meekins Award for an individual with a disability
  • Excellence in Transportation
  • Excellence in Housing
  • Excellence in Recreation
  • Media Award (Television, Print, Radio categories)
  • Supervisor of the Year

Awareness Committee

    Awareness and education play a large role in the employment of persons with disabilities. For this reason, the committee presents seminars for personnel officers and other representatives of major employers in the Raleigh area. Presenters at the seminars speak with conviction and from personal experience about employing people with disabilities. Committee members also provide information to employers about adaptive equipment to enhance the working skills of people with disabilities.

    Housing Committee

      The Housing Committee acts as a liaison between the City and its citizens on issues related to the availability and accessibility of housing. The committee works closely with individuals and families seeking affordable, accessible housing.

      Transportation Committee

        The Transportation Committee acts a liaison between the City and its citizens on issues regarding the accessibility of transportation. The committee works with the City to ensure that the transportation needs of people with disabilities are being addressed.


        • Ricky Scott
        • Philip Woodward
          Vice Chair
        • Sharon Benton
        • Lori Millette
          Secretary, Chair of Nomination and Scholarship Committee
        • Bob Evans
          Chair of Recreation Committee
        • Fred Johnson
          Chair of Transportation
        • Andy Landes
          Chair of Health and Wellness
        • Ronnie Marshall
          Chair of Public Access
        • Shakema McClean
          Chair of Employment Resources
        • Robert Parrish
          Chair of Housing Committee
        • Tara Waters
          Chair of Awards Banquet
        • Donnie Best
        • Lawrence Carter
        • Paula Coppola
        • Suzette Harrington
        • Julia Matthews-McClain
        • Ginger Rush
        • John Samuel

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