The Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards Ceremony
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― Three winners were announced at the Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards (PWAAA) Ceremony presented by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation and Access for All, held on April 30, 2011. Now in its 10th year, this gala evening honored an individual, a business, and a community organization for their outstanding efforts to create a more accessible San Luis Obispo County.
Recognized for their efforts this year, were:
- Individual: Chris Parker-Kennedy – As one of the founding members of Access for All and along time advocate for people with special needs, Chris led a major revision of the organization’s website. Chris has worked tirelessly, putting in countless hours outside of her full-time work schedule. This new version is model for accessible websites and is designed to make it even easier for businesses and community members with or without disabilities to locate information and resources, “a virtual one stop shop.”
- Community Organization: PathPoint – SLO County Division – For over 45 years, PathPoint has been providing employment services, community access programs, and independent living programs for people with special needs. This past year, it led several major initiatives aimed at creating a barrier-free community for people with disabilities in the county. The “Self-Advocacy and Safety” project addressed the unmet and ongoing needs of emergency preparedness by empowering people with disabilities to advocate on their own behalf in the event of a disaster or widespread emergency. The program was the first of its kind in the county. Additionally, PathPoint established a fund to support the self-advocacy activities of PathPoint’s program participants and co-hosted a Voter Registration/Legislative Reception Day at the Rotary Bandstand Park in Arroyo Grande.
- Business: San Luis Coastal Adult School – Dedicated to helping adults with disabilities in the community for over 46 years, San Luis Coastal Adult School has consistently donated its facilities and technology to groups assisting adults with disabilities to enhance and educate these individuals. They have also facilitated People First of SLO and their support staff to attend the yearly People First Conference in Sacramento by offering scholarships, transportation and supplies for their trip. The administration and staff have been nothing but supportive and have always encouraged adults with disabilities to become better advocates for themselves.
Winners were announced at the event which featured a performance by the all-inclusive International Barrier Breakers from Fresno.
Access for All is dedicated to breaking down physical, attitudinal, or informational barriers to equality for people with disabilities. Visit www.sloaccessforall.org to find out more. Established at the Community Foundation in 2000 by Bryan and Beverly Gingg, PWAAA honors local architect Paul Wolff for his contributions toward accessibility for all. For more information about the Foundation, call (805) 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org.