On Thursday, October 14, Consumer Health Coalition hosted an intergenerational, cross-disabilities, one-day conference celebrating the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Over 160 people attended to listen to keynote speakers Michael Naranjo and Trevon Jennifer share their stories. Michael Narajo is an internationally known artist who lost his eyesight during the Vietnam War and now designs sculptures purely by touch. Trevon Jennier was born without legs and joined his high school wrestling team at age 16, where he completed against full-bodied athletes to finish third in the state of Maryland for his weight class. He now attends Edinboro University and excels on the wheelchair basketball team.
Attendees also participated in a variety of breakout workshops and sessions throughout the day, which included topics dealing with advocacy, media, stigma and employment opportunities. The conference was an astounding success and many commented that it raised awareness of disability issues within the Pittsburgh community.