October 3, 2013
Mayor Annise Parker to Kick Off Disability Awareness Month
Mayor Annise Parker will kick off the City of Houston's Fifth Annual Disability Awareness Month on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 10 a.m., at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray, Houston 77019.
The Disability Awareness Month Kickoff is a celebration of the accomplishments people with disabilities have achieved in the past year as well as a call to action for the coming year. A resource fair will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the formal program will begin at 10 a.m. The event will end at noon.
In addition to remarks by Mayor Parker, this free event will feature a keynote address by Tony Jones, member of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board and performances by Hanq Neal of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and the Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church Choir.
This year is particularly special because it marks the 20th Anniversary of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) and the Houston Commission on Disabilities (HCOD). Both entities were established by city ordinance only three years after the landmark passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This event is sponsored by MOPD, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, HCOD, Houston Parks and Recreation Department and numerous community organizations.For information about MOPD visit www.houstontx.gov/disabilities or call 832.394.0814.