Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Addressing the Needs of People with Disabilities and their Families

Last updated Jul. 14, 2016 - 3:31 pm

The Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities along with the Raleigh Wake Human Resource Management Association will sponsor a free EMPLOYER RESOURCE WORKSHOP  on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 8:00am to 10:30am at Meredith College-Wainwright Suites (3800 Hillsborough Street).

The tools learned in this workshop are essential for HR professionals who are responsible for developing policies as well as Employment Relations professionals.

Twenty-six years after the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many employers are still trying to understand how to address its real meaning.  With 57 million people (or 19% of the population) with a disability, employers are missing an opportunity to employ a viable group if they do not actively recruit and retain these individuals.  The legal ramifications are also important.  Because of the lack of interactive communication, ADA claims are becoming more common.  Tom Colclough, Deputy District Director of the EEOC, will give specific pointers on how to avoid lawsuits and how to address potential claims.

Full breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

FREE Registration

Register by contacting Kristy Dixon at 919-743-9563 or


  • Upcoming Meeting

  • July 21, 2016
  • 12 noon - 1 p.m.
  • Meets: Every third Thursday
  • Meeting Location

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

Public Participation

The Committee is always seeking new members who want to be involved in the community. The Committee's meetings are open to everyone. For information about the Committee, call Cathey Ector in the Community Engagement Division at 919-996-6100. Questions and comments are welcome.


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.

        Front row, left to right: Margo Alfieri, Les Seitz, James Benton, Ginger Rush and Kathy Brack. Back row, left to right: Philip Woodard, Abby Emanuelson, Kristy Dixon, Lori Millette, Darrell Price and Tina Clements
        Front row, left to right: Margo Alfieri, Les Seitz, James Benton, Ginger Rush and Kathy Brack. Back row, left to right: Philip Woodard, Abby Emanuelson, Kristy Dixon, Lori Millette, Darrell Price and Tina Clements


        • Lori Millette
        • Secretary, Chair of Nomination and Scholarship Committee
        • 919-716-3122
        • Lawrence Carter
        • Member
        • Tina Clements
        • Member
        • Rene Cummins
        • Member
        • Abby Emanuelson
        • Member
        • Margaret Marshall
        • Member
        • Ginger Rush
        • Member
        • Les Seitz
        • Member
        • Sharon Wisner
        • Member

        Raleigh Mayor's Committee For Persons with Disabilities 2016 Scholarship Application

        The Raleigh Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities will award two $1,000 scholarships to students with documented disabilities.

        Applicants must be residents of the city of Raleigh and must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate post secondary school, college, trade school or other institution of higher learning.

        The selection of scholarship recipients shall be based upon academic performance, financial need, character, school, work and community activities, honors, ability to express him/herself in written form, personal motivation and/or leadership potential.

        The Scholarship Application must be received by The Raleigh Mayor’s Committee at the address below by Friday, May 27, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the July Raleigh Mayor’s Committee meeting.

        This program will provide an investment in the capability of our disability community at large.

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