Jul 24, 2020

ADA Champion Awards

A glass art piece with the Cincinnati skyline. ADA 30 is at the top in the sky.
This week, we honored four local organizations for their commitment to equality and inclusion for people with disabilities in Cincinnati. The ADA Champions honorees are:

Project SEARCH

We selected Project SEARCH for their commitment to helping people with disabilities find meaningful employment. Project SEARCH was founded in 1996 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital to prepare young adults with developmental disabilities for competitive employment.

Today, it is an international network of sites committed to creating employment opportunities in partnership with schools, businesses, and nonprofit agencies. Learn more here.

The Cincinnati Accessibility Board of Advisors (CABA)

We selected the Cincinnati Accessibility Board of Advisors for their work in making Cincinnati more accessible and inclusive. They are an advisory group to the City Manager created by City Council whose mission is to consider and make recommendations on issues of accessibility for persons with disabilities within the City of Cincinnati.

The majority of CABA members are persons with diverse disabilities and ages, so we often talk in our meetings about the ADA being "the floor, not the ceiling" through the lens of our own personal experiences

“It's amazing to be recognized for the work that we do to make Cincinnati the most inclusive city it can be, and this award makes our work even more enjoyable. We are so grateful for the support and recognition,” said Jill Gibboney, vice chair of CABA. “Our charge is to make sure Cincinnati continually works to become more inclusive and accessible to all, and as such, it is truly an honor for us to serve as a collective, representing voice for Cincinnatians with disabilities, their families, caretakers, and other disability advocates.”

The Cincinnati Art Museum

We selected the Cincinnati Art Museum for their dedication to eliminating barriers to enjoying art and their impressive collection. Their staff receives training regularly to help accommodate people of all abilities and they have created an interdepartmental team to discuss accessibility initiatives monthly. Learn more here.

Disability Cocoon

We selected Disability Cocoon – A Technology Movement for their innovative solutions to connect people with technology that can improve quality of life.

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” said founder Dustin Wright. “Disability Cocoon is excited for the future role that technology is going to play serving people with disabilities in a COVID world, and post COVID world. The ultimate goal is to be a catalyst and a resource for the disability community.”

The awards ceremony is part of Disability Pride Cincinnati, a virtual celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Congratulations to all the winners, and special thanks to Inside Out Studio for creating the beautiful, custom awards!
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