Commission honors those who helped disabled

November 02, 1995|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues has honored several people and organizations, including the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, for improving the lives of the physically disabled.

The commission presented six awards Tuesday morning at its first awards program in Columbia, as part of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"It's really time to recognize contributions of people with disabilities and other people who are involved with disability issues -- people who have made efforts to improve accessibility," said Ann Wicke, an executive secretary with the commission.

The award winners also included:

* Jill Flores, owner of a McDonald's in Elkridge, employer of the year award.

* Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, service provider award.

* Thunder Hill Elementary School's inclusion teacher, Linda Cook, advocacy award.

* Sean McKoen, a disabled 25-year-old, individual achievement award.

* Jennifer Melichar, 11, from Ellicott City, a special award for her volunteer work with Fidos for Freedom, which trains dogs to help those with hearing and mobility problems.

The 11,000-member Church of the Resurrection received an award for making its facilities accessible to the handicapped.

The church provided sign language interpreters at its Sunday Mass and made other provisions for the disabled.

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