Mayor's Council for Persons with Disabilities

“Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.”   –Neil Marcus
 

Purpose

MCFPDThe purpose of the Council is to advise the Mayor on means of improving, and at his direction carry out programs designed to improve, the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the Valdosta area by:

  • Advising the Mayor and local governmental organizations of the existence of, and means of eliminating, barriers to the access of persons with disabilities.

  • Promoting, to the public at large, opportunities for persons with disabilities to live and work in an environment free of barriers imposed by architecture or attitude.

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Executive Committee

Chair

Wendy Thomas, wendy.thomas@ablegeorgia.ga.govGeorgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Chair-Elect

Katrina Royal, katrina.royal@wiregrass.edu, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Secretary

Thomas Simpson, thomas.simpson@ablegeorgia.ga.gov, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Treasurer

Kimberly Tanner, katanner@valdosta.edu, Valdosta State University

Meetings

The Mayor's Council for Persons with Disabilities meets bi-monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m.  Meetings are held at the Department of Labor and are open to individuals who have an interest in making Valdosta "A City Without Limits” for community members with disabilities. The remaining meetings is 2016 are Jan. 12, Mar. 8, May 10, July 12, Sept. 13, and Nov. 10.  All meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. at locations to be announced.

Community Resource Fair for Persons with Disabilities

People with disabilities will have the opportunity to browse community resources that impact their quality of life at an event sponsored by the Valdosta Mayor's Council for Persons with Disabilities (MCPD) on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Community Resource Fair for Persons with Disabilities will take place at Mathis City Auditorium, located at 2300 N. Ashley Street, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Read more or view 2016 Community Resource Fair flier.

21st Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet

A large crowd attended the 21st Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet, co-sponsored by the Valdosta Mayor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities and the VSU Access Office. Each year, the event celebrates some of the exceptional efforts being made to tear down barriers for individuals with disabilities in our community. 

U.S. Airforce Captain Christy Wise was the keynote speaker. She is a Rescue Squadron Pilot stationed at Moody Airforce Base and is the “sixth amputee and the first-female amputee to return to the cockpit” according to a recent article in Valdosta Today.  Several others were recognized at the event. View news release.

Essay Contest

Congratulations to Lowndes High School student Dagen Anderson, winner of the 2016 MCPD Journalism/Essay Contest.

More Information

For more information, attend the scheduled meetings or contact MCPD Chair Wendy Thomas at 229-333-5251 or at  wendy.thomas@gvra.ga.gov