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Commission on Disability Issues Announces DisAbility Awareness Day Honoree 2017

Annapolis, MD (October 17, 2017) - The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has chosen Kate Rollason as the 2017 DisAbility Awareness Day Honoree.  Ms. Rollason will be recognized during the 2017 DisAbility Awareness Day activities which begin at 11 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21st, at Westfield Annapolis Mall.
Kate Rollason has been a pioneer in the world of intellectual and developmental disabilities. She began her advocacy by organizing and facilitating self-help and self-advocacy groups for people with epilepsy. She was the first person with epilepsy to serve as the Director of the Epilepsy Foundation Board. She has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout various counties since then, including the Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues. She has also lead two chapters of The Arc. Under her leadership, The Arc expanded with programs like employment, microenterprise, educational advocacy, grant programs for families and children, and other job placement programs. She recently retired from The Arc Central Chesapeake Region in 2016.
"Ms. Rollason's diligence and compassion has enabled countless individuals with disabilities in our community to live independent, meaningful lives," says Pamela Jordan, Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities.  "Consistent with our mission, she has advocated the rights of these individuals, and has given them a voice in our society."
"On behalf of the Commission, we are honored to recognize Ms. Rollason who dedicated her life to the empowerment of individuals with disabilities," says Vicki Callahan, Commission chairman.
The public is invited to attend the free 2017 DisAbility Awareness Day events.  Exhibitors who provide services to individuals with disabilities will have free information. Executive awards will be given to employers of people with disabilities and other individuals that have supported the disability community. Free entertainment will be provided throughout the event.
For more information about the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, you may contact the ADA Coordinator's office at 410-222-4383.  Anyone needing accommodations may contact the same number.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in alternative formats upon request.
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