Disability Awareness Luncheon

The City of Cleveland’s 12th Annual Disability Awareness Luncheon was held at Cleveland Public Hall on Lakeside Avenue. This free event themed An Adaptive Sports Experience: Athletics for All, was dedicated to acknowledging adults with disabilities and the challenges they face every day. Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Director Jane Fumich, Department of Aging, and WKYC Anchor Sara Shookman, to give brief remarks at this year’s luncheon.

Disabilities Awareness encourages, educates and inspires Cleveland residents to promote understanding and respect for the disabled community. Additionally, Disability Awareness is designed to promote continuing education and understanding of disabilities with the focus on providing members of the disabled community access to organizations and services that can provide on-going assistance. 

This event also featured a panel of Paralympic athletes; activities which included adaptive sports for those with disabilities; the Cleveland Scrappers, a blind baseball team; and musical entertainment by Councilman Kevin Conwell's band, the Footprints. In addition, the Disability Awareness Luncheon hosted a resource fair, which included local community agencies, exhibits and displays, and informational handouts for residents to improve their quality of life. Flu shots were also available.

The Department of Aging (216.664.2833) has additional information about Disability Awareness or Disability Services.


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