For Immediate Release:
Arlington, VA, December 13, 2016 – Last night, ECNV Advocacy Director Doris Ray received the Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Award. This award honors individuals and organizations in the Fairfax area that demonstrate a strong commitment to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including (but not limited to) housing, employment, public accommodation, and transportation.
Doris Ray has devoted her 30 year career to being a highly effective advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States, and around the world. She has a deep understanding of the policy issues affecting people with disabilities, and is equally adept at organizing advocacy campaigns to overcome them.
“Doris has been an asset to ECNV and the disability community for the past 30 years. We are extremely proud of her and honored to work with her.” Said ECNV Executive Director James Garrett.
Some of Doris’ countless accomplishments include coordinating a statewide project to improve the availability of accessible, affordable housing, transportation, and personal assistance services for persons with disabilities, particularly people transitioning out of nursing facilities, she developed a cross-disability consumer advocacy group that provides training on disability policy, community organizing and leadership skills, and led public participation in the development of Virginia’s Olmstead Plan. In addition to the countless bus stops, parking spaces and public facilities that are accessi-ble because of her work, Doris led the advocacy effort for enhanced Medicaid waiver services, most notably legislation giving Medicaid recipients an option of consumer-directed personal assistance services.
CONTACT: Amir Abdolrahimi, Communications Manager