INNOVATIVE ACCESS SOLUTIONS
At The Fehribach Group, one of our greatest joys is watching people with disabilities benefit from life’s experiences without the barriers they usually face. Greg Fehribach is the premier lawyer and consultant on accessibility in the Midwest. He also uses a wheelchair.
The Americans with Disabilities Act opened new doors for the nearly 40 million people with disabilities, their families and friends. It also has created a loyal and diverse customer base for businesses and organizations.
The Fehribach Group specializes in creating innovative access solutions for our clients. We also work to raise awareness that expanding access is good for business. People with disabilities spend billions of dollars each year on travel, entertainment, dining and other hospitality-related experiences. As the U.S. population ages and mobility needs increase, this group will be a powerful spending – and voting – block.
Greg and Mary Beth Fehribach have committed their professional and private lives to increasing opportunities for people with disabilities. As a wheelchair user, Greg is in a unique position to recognize and solve problems before they happen, providing greater access to public facilities for an aging population and individuals with disabilities of all ages. He and Mary Beth have traveled to Washington, D.C. several times, to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to educate policymakers on how to build inclusive strategies in communities.
The Fehribach Group works with lawyers, architects, construction managers and engineers to craft and implement universal design and accessibility systems that provide people with disabilities, the elderly and others the access required by the ADA. With more than 30 years of legal experience, Greg can troubleshoot a range of legal issues, protecting clients from costly litigation and fines. If problems should ever arise, clients are protected by attorney-client privilege as an added value.
On a personal level, Greg and Mary Beth work tirelessly to expand opportunities for people with disabilities, with a special focus on students. As a former Ball State University trustee, Greg created The Disability Project, which places Ball State students with disabilities in paid internships in Indianapolis. He and Mary Beth also present the annual Fehribach Awards to students who maintain high academic standards while being involved in the Ball State community outside of the classroom.
College campuses today are more accessible to students with disabilities, resulting in greater numbers of individuals earning college degrees.
Yet, the rate of employers hiring graduates with disabilities has not kept pace. A recent study found that 50 percent of college graduates with disabilities secure employment after graduation, as opposed to 90 percent of their able-bodied counterparts.
In recognition of this trend, Greg joined Ball State University’s Political Science Department as a Distinguished Fellow in 2009 and created The Disability Project. The Disability Project educates students, civic leaders, businesses and policymakers on how to build inclusive strategies into their communities.
Greg also works with students with disabilities to secure and maintain sustainable employment as part of a partnership with Ball State’s Office of Disability Services.
These efforts have led to partnerships with Eskenazi Health and the City of Indianapolis to initiate internship programs for students with disabilities. Students are embedded within these organizations and receive practical hands-on experience. Employers report a positive experience and changed attitudes about people with disabilities among those who work alongside these students.