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Jean-Marie Lawrence
Disability Rights and Advocacy
Emergency Management Planner, Safety & Risk Management, UTC
Jean-Marie is no stranger to UTC, having graduated from this institution with her B.S. in Political Science in 2010, and her M.P.A. in 2012. Jean-Marie's professional experience includes an internship with Safety and Risk Management during her masters program, and as a technical writer for hazard mitigation planning in the private industry. She is an alum of Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority - Sigma Chapter. In her "spare" time, Jean-Marie is a disability rights activist, and member of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities. Previous volunteer experiences include the Chattanooga Mayor's Council on Disability, where she served as Chairperson from January 2014 - January 2016, and the Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee Organization, where she served terms as both Vice President and Secretary. Jean-Marie was also Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2012.

Disability Rights and Advocacy

This past July marked 28 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, our nation’s civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. Despite this legislation, people with disabilities still face significant discrimination and barriers to living and contributing fully in their communities. This presentation will explore the history of disability rights and advocacy, and ways in which people with disabilities and their allies are fighting for their civil rights today.