County residents, businesses honored at Disability Issues breakfast

October 08, 2004|By William Wan | William Wan,SUN STAFF

Howard County Executive James N. Robey presented six awards at yesterday's 10th Howard County Commission on Disability Issues breakfast to residents and local businesses for making a difference by inspiring or helping people with disabilities.

Tim Daly, a Columbia resident with ataxia, a rare neuromuscular disease that limits mobility and coordination, was given the individual achievement award. Working with college engineering students, Daly tailored his scooter and mower so that he could mow his lawn.

He has written a book, Ramping Up For Profits, and founded a consulting company, Access Group, which teaches companies how to incorporate people with disabilities into the workplace. Daly also created and operated a travel agency for people with disabilities.

The other award recipients were:

Service Provider: Tommy DeWeese. DeWeese, Scoutmaster for Troop 615 in Ellicott City, was honored for his strong leadership and for fostering an accepting atmosphere among Scouts in his troop. He gives boys with disabilities many opportunities for achievement, responsibilities and independence. His Scouts plan campouts and service projects and operate a mentor system in which older Scouts teach younger ones skills needed to earn merit badges.

Ralph Mulloy Advocacy Award: Andre Fontaine. Fontaine, an architect known for designing St. Matthew House in Columbia, has experience designing buildings that enable adults with physical disabilities to live independently. For many years, Fontaine, who helped redesign the County Council chambers, has lent his architectural expertise to the Commission on Disability Issues.

Accessibility Award: Cafe de Paris. Owner Erik Rochard and the staff of this restaurant in Columbia off Route 108 rearranged their kitchen space for a new worker who uses a wheelchair.

Employer of the Year: Romano's Macaroni Grill. The Columbia Crossing restaurant hired three people with disabilities. They organize the linen and prepare silverware for the tables.

Youth Award: Tatyana McFadden. The 15-year-old Atholton High freshman won two medals at the paralympics in Athens, Greece.

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