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2018 Access and Inclusion Awards,  in recognition of Disability Empolyment Month & 28 years since the signage of the Americans with Disabilities Act


The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability (MACD) cordially invites you to the 2018 Access and Inclusion Awards from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 24th at the Indianapolis Arts Garden downtown Indianapolis. 

In partnership with Tangram Business Resourcing, this years Access & Inclusion Awards will feature an open panel discussion on the topic of disability employment.

The featured panelists are as follows: 

Rebecca Calvert  Care Coordinator, Community Health Network ​

Tim Doyle  Dauby O'Connor and Zaleski, LLC

Larry Markle  Initiative for Empowerment & Economic Independence, Director | Eskenazi Health 

Dustin Maynard LD&T Supervisor, Gatorade/PepsiCo.

Jeff Mittman Chief Operating Officer, Bosma Enterprises

Ben Trockman Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Specialist, Old National Bank

The moderator for the 2018 Access & Inclusion Awards will be  

Kevin Freeman Morning Host, 95,5 WFMS

Following the Panel Discussion, Mayor Joe Hogsett will recognize individuals and companies who go above and beyond to support and celebrate people with all types of disabilities. The City of Indianapolis is nationally recognized as an inclusive community, due to the efforts of businesses and organizations enhancing opportunities in access and employment, as well as the contributions of those individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to inclusion. The following awards will be presented. 

  • Exceptional City Service Award 
  • Accessibility Award  
  • Employer Award 
  • James Pauley Lifetime Service Award  . 

The deadline to submit Award nominations for 2018 has passed. ​

Register as an exhibitor!

Forms to register for an exhibit booth can be downloaded and filled out at the following link or click here to submit your registration form online! Space is limited!

The Mayor's Advisory Council on Disability partners with the Indianapolis Office of Disability Affairs and the Office of the Mayor to continuously build upon civic, social and economic opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Indianapolis. As a result of this partnership and the work of leaders throughout our community, the National Organization on Disability has recognized Indianapolis as a model of a disability-friendly city and named it as the winner of the 2009 Accessible America Award.
The mission of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Disability is to promote the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities within the Indianapolis community, and to advise the Mayor and the City Administration on issues that impact people with disabilities. Councilmembers are appointed by the Mayor and are volunteers who make a difference in Indianapolis by:
  • Providing a forum for community issues/activities affecting citizens with disabilities;
  • Reacting through study and recommendation to issues brought to the attention of the Advisory Council by the Mayor of Indianapolis and the community;
  • Fostering public awareness and education of the needs and abilities of citizens with disabilities;
  • Supporting legislation and administrative processes as approved by the Mayor of Indianapolis; and
  • Supporting endeavors of the Mayor, undertaken on behalf of citizens with disabilities


The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability was founded in the 1970’s during Mayor William Hudnut’s tenure with the support of numerous disability advocates. It was formed as an inclusive, non-political coalition of persons with disabilities, advocacy groups, private industries, community service agencies and city administrators to increase accessibility and awareness in Indianapolis. Since the Council’s inception, many initiatives have been accomplished and the Council is ever striving to utilize the expertise of its members to create a culture of collaboration within all diverse groups in the City of Indianapolis.
Notable accomplishment of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability include:
  • Collaboration with the Indianapolis/Marion County Division of Homeland Security in enhancing the Community Emergency Management Plan
  • Hosting a business roundtable for the purpose of sharing information with disability employment service providers on how to approach and develop relationships with employers
  • Creation of a video entitled "Comfort Zone: Understanding Disability Culture" in which people with a variety of disabilities discuss themes of disability culture in the context of their daily lives
  • Providing feedback regarding the design of the new Indianapolis International Airport
  • Mayor’s Summit on Accessibility: Attracted over 300 participants from all walks of life to work toward identifying issues that impact individuals with disabilities and their families in Indianapolis
  • Mayor’s Housing Summit: Educated local citizens and builders of the importance of universal design
  • Collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and the Office of the Marion County Clerk to promote polling site accessibility
Additionally, the Council strives to recognize success stories, distinguished service to the community and commitment to inclusion through the Annual Access and Inclusion Award Celebration. This public event is held every July in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.