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As the 2017 fall semester winds down, seventeen Ball State students from the “Public Policy, Healthcare, and Disability” class in the College of Health attended a trip to Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. Our students began the experience with a tour of the hospital provided by Eskenazi Health Foundation staff.  Following the tour, the class continued […]

At the close of this summer’s Initiative for Empowerment and Economic Independence (IEEI) internship program, 19 interns from seven Indiana colleges and universities received their well-deserved recognition. With the expansion of IEEI to include more colleges and more students with physical and sensory disabilities, what began as a partnership between Ball State and Eskenazi Health […]

Back Row: Lucas Smith, Ryan Beery, Katelyn Warner, Mary Beth, Andrew Johnson Front Row: Lizzie Ford, Anna Higgins, Greg As commencement and another semester conclude, it is essential to celebrate the diversity, hard work, academic honesty, and social responsibility of our students.  At Ball State, students with disabilities are aware that employers are seeking highly […]

The Indiana Minority Business Magazine, through the Indianapolis Recorder, recognized their 2017 Champions of Diversity on Friday, January 13th. I had the distinct privilege of receiving the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award. As we reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, the dream of equality continues to evolve. For people with disabilities, progress moves the dream from “Yes […]

The Americans with Disabilities Act is multifaceted. Creative design, aesthetics, and content push back against the universal design the ADA requires. The complexity of disabilities, along with the need for barrier-free design, often struggles against the artistic license of those who design public spaces, including remembrance areas. I wanted to share this article with you to […]

From left to right, Luke Labas, Tanner Barton, Alex Gilland, Lauren Slaven, Sari Hammerstrom, Brad Millspaugh, and of course Mary Beth and Greg. Ball State University hosted its annual Disability Services Awards on Tuesday, April 5th. This year, Mary Beth and I had the opportunity to present the Fehribach Award to six students with disabilities […]

2015 was a landmark year for people with disabilities. With the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, citizens with disabilities were recognized once again for their work ethic and importance to the business world. Our political science class at Ball State, The Americans with Disabilities Act of […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The struggle for economic equality has always been difficult for Americans relegated to the second tier of our economy based upon the bias of our political leaders and yes, their constituents. Yet, as always is celebrated this time of year, the great American experiment continues to demand that all men are created equal. On June […]

  The Fehribach Award winners pause for a photo following the awards ceremony.  (Left to right:  Sifat Baig, Frances Janovitz, Megan Miller, Andrew Neylon, Yaw Owusu-Akyaw, Mary Beth Fehribach, and Greg Fehribach.)   Mary Beth and I were privileged to present the 2013 Fehribach Awards to five exceptional students with disabilities at Ball State University. These […]