July 8: Let’s Talk about Recycling and Accessibility
Let’s Talk About Recycling and Accessibility
Thursday, July 8th, 2021
12-1 PM CDT
The Nebraska Recycling Council will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, July 8 from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. CDT on accessibility and recycling. This webinar will feature two panelists, Hillary Scanlon, Founder and CEO of STILSOLUTIONS in Toronto, Canada, and Gloria Eddins, the ADA Coordinator for the State of Nebraska. According to the CDC, 25.6% of adults in the United States live with a disability. In Nebraska, 22.2% of adults live with a disability. We will hear from two women with physical disabilities on what their experience as a citizen has been with recycling, to name and address any barriers to making recycling accessible, and discuss recommendations and solutions to the Nebraska recycling industry for people with disabilities. This is an important topic for the recycling industry to consider, and we are excited to welcome Hillary and Gloria into the conversation.
About the panelists
Gloria Eddins: Gloria has worked for the State of Nebraska for 18 years. Starting at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, she learned the love of the state and the natural assets it contained. She also knew she wanted to be outdoors even while using a wheelchair and began to learn what accessibility meant and how to accomplish it. She later moved to the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services’ small division called the 309 Task Force for Building Renewal, which uses cigarette tax funds and repairs state buildings. Within their mission this agency can also fund ADA accessibility upgrades.
In 2018 Eddins was asked to take on the role of the ADA coordinator, in addition to her work at the 309 Task Force. She says that this position “is a great fit and one that I am passionate about. I became a certified ADA Coordinator and continue to learn about accessibility and how to make our state open for all.”
Hillary Scanlon: In 2017, one year after Hillary suddenly and unexpectedly lost her vision, she became extremely frustrated with the inaccessibility of the built environment and of society in general. As an environmentalist, she was particularly frustrated with her inability to participate in seemingly simple sustainable practices, such as proper waste disposal. This led her to explore the intersections between sustainability and accessibility.
Through a series of design labs, Hillary led community partners with a variety of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences through a co-creative and iterative design process. These design labs and ongoing research revealed a major gap between the sustainability and accessibility industries. To address this gap, Hillary created STIL Solutions. With community partners, Hillary and STIL Solutions have embarked on a journey to create innovative and universally-designed products that work to bridge the gap between sustainability and accessibility.
To register for this webinar, go to the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4439110386781248524