March 25, 2024 - This week wraps up the 37th year that the United States has recognized March as National Disability Awareness Month. Both the Allen County Board of Commissioners and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry work, on the local level, to encourage the understanding of and opportunities for people with disabilities in our community.

“The disability community in Fort Wayne and Allen County continues to make a meaningful difference. I’m also impressed with the ongoing work of so many local organizations committed to providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It’s a top priority of my administration to help ensure that we’re an inclusive and welcoming community. By working together, we can implement changes and programming that will have a positive impact.” said Mayor Henry.

“Allen County is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all citizens and National Disability Awareness Month is a great time to reflect on the contributions of those in our community who overcome challenges each day that disabilities present. But it also provides an annual chance to review policies and procedures to ensure that the county is doing its part to engage and encourage those living with disability,” shared the Commissioners in a joint statement. “We’re pleased to join Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry in renewing our commitment to building a strong diverse community.”

The Mayor and Commissioners work closely with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Disability Advisory Council, a local community panel established to recommend appropriately inclusive policies, procedures, and programs that enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in our community.