ADA Amplified

IUFW ADA Amplified Symposium: Housing Availability, Affordability, Accessibility, and Visitability

People living with disabilities represent 15% of the global population. However, accessible housing and neighborhoods are few and far between for people living with disabilities. We invite you to attend the Spring 2023 ADA Amplified Symposium where two housing solutions will be presented: 

  1. Visitable design for new houses being constructed that include essential accessibility features 
  2. Home modifications that allow people with disabilities to remain living safely in their homes and communities

ADA Amplified Spring 2023 Event

Wednessday, March 22nd 2023, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.)
International Ballroom - PFW / IUFW campus
Walb Student Union, Union Cir Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Parking Garage 2 (P2)

Panel discussion

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
Following lunch, a panel of experts will share information on home modifications, related funding resources and the building of visitable homes.

Panelist: Ryan Herrick

Ryan acquired a disability at the age of 29. He was a passenger in an automobile accident that resulted in his quadriplegia. Since the accident, Ryan has been active in and passionate about disability advocacy work. He is a member of several groups such as the Inclusion Institute, Spinal Cord Support Group, and Accessible Neighborhood Team. Before his accident, Ryan owned and operated a construction company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has approximately 13 years of experience in construction, two of which include being a business owner. 

Panelist: Dawn Gallaway

Dawn Gallaway is a Principal and President of Keller Development, Inc. a developer and general contractor of multi-family affordable housing. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Indiana and Michigan and also volunteers her time as a board member for Brightpoint’s Development Fund, the Indiana Affordable Housing Council and CASS Housing.

Panelist: James Atz

James Atz is a Community Development Administrator with the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services. The Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services is within the City’s Community Development Division. As part of the OHNS group, he helps strategically utilize public resources to improve the quality of life and build stronger neighborhoods. James takes pride in supporting the citizens of Fort Wayne. He is passionate, committed to the vision, and optimistic about advocating for his community.

Moderator: Amanda Stuckey

Amanda is a Fort Wayne native. She acquired a disability during the summer of 2015. She was paralyzed, put on life support twice, and eventually diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis and lesions at C5-6. She is active and lives independently with her two children. She is passionate about helping others with similar issues. She enjoys the collective efficacy and social cohesion of the disabled community. 

Thank you to our partners

  • AWS Foundation
  • City of Fort Wayne
  • GiGi’s Playhouse
  • The League
  • Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Red Bird Studios
  • Pathfinder Services