October Disability Awareness Month Festivities Continue
October 9, 2012 -- The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), Houston City Council member C.O. "Brad" Bradford and community partners gathered at the City Hall Annex for "The Faces of Disability," a program featuring the unveiling of a mural by Houston artist Doyle Burley. Titled "Out of the Shades," the mural invokes the spirit of human strength, determination and accomplishment through depictions of people with disabilities, including well-known local personages. The mural will be displayed at several community sites during October.
The presentation was part of an ongoing series of events celebrating Disability Awareness Month. The purpose of the celebration is to raise public awareness of the issues and the positive contributions of Americans with disabilities. The theme this year is "Inclusion treasures diversity and builds community.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 20 percent or one of every five Americans have some level of disability. In the Greater Houston area, there are an estimated 600,000 people with disabilities, based on 2010 Census data.
The month's events are sponsored by MOPD in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Special Events, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Public Library and numerous community partners. Participating entities include: Workforce Solutions, Veterans Administration, Harris County Department of Education/CASE, MHMRA/Collaboration for Action/BAG, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, South Texas College of Law, METRO, DARS Division of Blind Services, Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, The River Performance Troupe and Down Syndrome Association of Houston’s Pantomime Troupe, among others.
The biggest event is "White Cane Safety Day," scheduled for October 23. The downtown event will feature a march, followed by a proclamation by Houston Mayor Annise Parker at the steps of City Hall and a resource fair and celebration in the City Hall reflecting pool area. "Career Mentoring Day Houston" is also scheduled, set for October 16. In addition, the Houston Public Library is hosting special displays and children's activities at the Central Library and selected branch libraries. Resource and job fairs for persons with disabilities will also be held. For a calendar detailing these and other events, visit www.houstontx.gov/disabilities or call MOPD at 713-284-1990.
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities is a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. To learn more about the Department of Neighborhoods, visit www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods.