RAMP holds 25th annual Changing Attitudes luncheon

Staff Report

RAMP’s 25th Annual Changing Attitudes Breaking Barriers Luncheon will be this Thursday at 11:45 a.m. at Giovanni’s, 610 N Bell School Road. The 25th Annual Changing Attitudes Breaking Barriers Luncheon will entertain and educate attendees to become more aware and supportive of RAMP’s mission, to promote an accessible society that allows and expects full participation by people with disabilities. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this year’s keynote speaker will be Ann Ford, Executive Director of Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living (INCIL) in Springfield. She is one of the most significant advocates for Illinoisans with disabilities.

As a result of contracting polio at age five Ann Ford has become a tireless advocate and strong leader, overcoming countless challenges throughout her life. Since its enactment in 2003, Ford has served as the Co-Chair of the Disabilities Services Committee – which enhances the state’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ann Ford has dedicated her life to empowering individuals with disabilities to become full participants in society.

During this luncheon RAMP will be honoring the following individuals and organization: Jeanine DeHaven-Binger, Special Education Teacher, Hononegah High School, Youth Leadership Award; Rockford Park District, Partner of the Year and Tina Rittner, SPHR, Human Resources Manager, Lowe’s Distribution Center, Advocate of the Year.

RAMP’s luncheon seeks to entertain and educate a broad range of people. The desired result is for people who attend to be more aware and supportive of RAMP’s mission – to promote an accessible society that allows and expects full participation by people with disabilities. The luncheon also provides RAMP the opportunity to inform and update the community on our current efforts and successes. If you are interested in becoming a luncheon sponsor or wish to purchase tickets (by table $300 for a table of eight or individually $40) please contact RAMP 815-968-7467 or for more information and to register online visit stayclassy.org/rampluncheon.

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