With support from the AWS Foundation, The Inclusion Institute of The League and Indiana University Fort Wayne are pleased to host community and housing leaders. Join us for this in-person three-part symposium focused on fostering greater awareness, diversity, and inclusion for people with disabilities, and are using their platforms to create movements for meaningful change. The symposium will address several aspects affecting housing in our community:
- Availability and affordability of home modifications.
- Making modifications and repairs to existing homes to improve accessibility.
- Applying visitable design principles to newly constructed single-family homes.
Register for the symposium events
Registration closes Friday, March 17th.
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join us to hear from two experts in the areas of disability awareness, housing and accessability.
Ronald Duchovic, PhD
Ronald Duchovic earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. from the University of Michigan, both in mathematics, and a PhD in theoretical physical chemistry from Wayne State University. He subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory. His work experience includes nearly a year as a professional mathematician for the National Security Agency (NSA), nearly three years with the Eloret Institute as a contractor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and more than twenty-six years teaching chemistry at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). While at IPFW Dr. Duchovic was a Teaching Fellow for the Center of Learning and Teaching (CELT), was elected in 2005 to Indiana University’s Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), and in 2015 authored a General Chemistry textbook for life sciences students. His research has been supported by the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Purdue Research Foundation, IPFW, Argonne National Laboratory, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
After retiring from IPFW in 2016 with Emeritus status from Purdue University, Dr. Duchovic has been actively engaged with the community of greater Fort Wayne. In 2017-2018 Turnstone sponsored his participation in the 2018 class of Leadership Fort Wayne. He continues to serve on the Turnstone Program Committee. In 2017 he was appointed a member of the Fort Wayne/Allen County Disability Advisory Council and in December of 2021 was elected Chairperson of the Council. He became a member of the Board of Directors of The League in October of 2018 and was re-elected Board Chairperson in October 2022. In addition to his commitment to the community of disabled individuals in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Dr. Duchovic’s long-standing engagement with education and literacy continues by his service, since January 2020, on the Board of Directors of the Literacy Alliance (TLA) and as Chairperson of the Governance Committee of TLA.
Kimberly Paarlberg, R.A.
Kimberly Paarlberg is a Senior Staff Architect in Technical Services with the International Code Council (ICC). Her experience with ICC includes work in the plan review and code development departments with responsibilities for code development, providing code interpretations, instructing technical seminars, and authoring and reviewing instruction materials, code commentary and publication articles. Kimberly serves as code development secretariat for the General and Means of Egress/Accessibility committees for IBC and IRC Building committees for the I-codes. She is ICC representative for development of the referenced technical standard, ICC A117.1 “Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.” Kimberly is the staff secretariat for the ICC Health Care Committee (HCC) and the Building Code Action Committee (BCAC). She is also secretariat for the ICC 300 - Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating and Grandstands, and the ICC 500 - Design and Construction of Storm Shelters.
Before joining ICC, Kimberly worked as a structural engineer and architect. Kim is a licensed architect in Illinois and holds an Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner certification. She is a member of the Indiana Steering Committee for the Great Lakes ADA Center which facilitates dispersal of information and technical assistance for ADA. She is also a member of her county Civil Emergency Response Team (CERT) and has completed SAP Evaluation Training and several FEMA classes.