23 Jul 2015

“With today’s signing of the landmark Americans [with] Disabilities Act every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, freedom and independence.” – President George H. W. Bush, July 26, 1990. July 26, 2015, marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities […]

16 Apr 2015

On Tuesday, April 7th, Ball State University held its Disability Services Annual Awards program. Mary Beth and I presented the 2015 Fehribach Awards to students who have maintained high academic standards while being involved in the Ball State community outside of the classroom. Ball State is committed to challenging students with disabilities to enhance their […]

19 Sep 2014

Jessica Finkel with her parents, Ken and Ann.  Ken is a former OI Foundation Board President. Jessica Finkel, program associate-professional programs, with the OI Foundation shares her thoughts below about her recent experiences in at the OIF National Conference in Indianapolis. Finding out that the 2014 OIF National Conference was going to be held in […]

31 Jul 2014

Yesterday, the Indianapolis Star published a letter from me about our city’s accessibility, and how it played a key role in landing the Osteogenesis Imperfecta’s biennial national conference.  While it is an honor to welcome the members of the OI community to Indianapolis, I am so proud they will experience all our city has to […]

25 Jul 2014

Front row, left to right:  Colin McIntire, Will Kuhn, Matthew Marshall, Greg Fehribach, Dustin Gilmer and Andrew Seever.  Second row, left to right:  Larry Markle, director of the Office of Disability Services at Ball State University; Juli Paini, director of the City of Indianapolis Office of Disability Affairs; Dr. Ray Scheele, professor of Political Science […]

30 Apr 2014

Front row, left to right:  Emmy Kaiser, Jacob Lipson, Colin McIntire.  Back row, left to right:  Greg Fehribach, Mary Beth Fehribach, Sarah Sims, Jamie Barnes, Kasey Herrington. Last month, Mary Beth and I presented the 2014 Fehribach Awards to an outstanding group of students. We have been involved in the awards since 2009, when a […]

26 Feb 2014

It is an honor and a privilege to share with you that the Osteogenesis ImperfectaFoundation will host its 2014 National Conference in Indianapolis this summer. A rare genetic bone disorder, OI, which is also known as “brittle bone disease,” is characterized by fragile bones that break easily.  I am among the approximately 50,000 Americans and […]

02 Jan 2014

Our city’s newest medical center, the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, is open to the public.  Its’ predecessor, Wishard Hospital, has provided the finest health care to the uninsured, underserved and the general population of our community for 150 years.  As a Trustee of the Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation, it has been a […]

03 Sep 2013

On August 29, all eyes were turned to Washington, DC as our nation collectively commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. In his stirring remarks, President Obama shared the path that the marchers had walked to Washington, advocating for change in a non-violent way. And he made a point that resonated particularly […]

31 Jul 2013

The Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council recently approved a proposal to create more entrepreneurship opportunities for people with disabilities. Led by Council President Maggie Lewis and Vice President John Barth, the Council unanimously agreed to include the Disability Enterprise Category to the city’s contracting program. Within days, Mayor Greg Ballard signed it into law.    This […]