Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Addressing the Needs of People with Disabilities and their Families

Last updated Jun. 04, 2018 - 10:33 am
  • Upcoming Meeting

  • June 21, 2018
  • 12 noon - 1 p.m.
  • Agenda
  • Meets: Every third Thursday
  • Meeting Location

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

Public Participation

James Benton Achievement Award - Scholarship

The Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities has funding from the City of Raleigh to award two scholarships for $1000 each to assist persons with documented disabilities in their pursuit of academic and vocational endeavors.

The academic scholarship is to be awarded to a person with a disability who is pursuing an educational goal. This scholarship is designed to assist with tuition, books, fees, and/or special equipment for undergraduate course work from an accredited institution.

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 June 29, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the July Raleigh Mayor’s Committee meeting. For questions, call Lori Millette at 919-324-1128.

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


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-Cox in the Community Engagement Division at 919-996-4330. 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.


        • Lori Millette
        • Secretary, Chair of Nomination and Scholarship Committee
        • 919-324-1128
        • Andy Landes
        • Chair of Health and Wellness
        • 919-810-9043
        • Donnie Best
        • Member
        • Lawrence Carter
        • Member
        • Paula Coppola
        • Member
        • Fred Johnson
        • Member
        • Alice Kelly
        • Member
        • Ronnie Marshall
        • Member
        • Julia Matthews-McClain
        • Member
        • Ginger Rush
        • Member

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