CLEVELAND -- The City of Cleveland celebrated its 11th annual Disability Awareness Day at City Hall Friday.
The event, organized by the Department of Aging, had a theme this year of "Arts for All" and featured unique vocal and dance performances.
Keynote speaker, TyKiah Wright, of Columbus, addressed the crowd of 250 in the rotunda of City Hall. Wright graduated from college with two degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and a Masters in Business Administration.
She found that her experience was not sufficient in obtaining a position in the workforce, so she set out to build a bridge between resource and opportunity for people with disabilities.
Her company, Wright Choice, is helping to increase the number of students with disabilities being offered internships, and degrees. Wright recently published a book, DiversAbility Ohio Publications, that profiles leaders with disabilities from all over Ohio.
The crowd also took in a rousing performance by the Dancing Wheels Company and School.
Through their decades of experience with stand-up and sit-down dancers, Mary Verdi-Fletcher and Mark Tomasic have created the first teaching manual: the Physically Integrated Dance Training Manual, which they unveiled at the luncheon.
The Braille Notes, a choral group from the Cleveland Sight Center, helped round out the program.