Council for People with Disabilities

The County of Monroe / City of Rochester Council for People with Disabilities is an advisory council to the County Executive and the Mayor.  The Council, reestablished in 2007 after several years of inactivity, aims to unite and coordinate efforts to achieve a better understanding and fulfillment of the needs of persons with disabilities in Rochester and Monroe County.  Members are appointed jointly by the County Executive and the Mayor, with the goal of representing the diversity of the community.   

Council Projects

In addition to being an advisory panel, the Council also takes on various projects.  One ongoing project, Democracy Rides, provides transportation to the polls for people with disabilities.

The Council also participates in SportsNet, which was recognized as an exemplary program promoting healthy, active lifestyles among people with disabilities by providing them with adaptive sports and recreation opportunities.  This honor coincides with the efforts of Monroe County/City of Rochester Council for People with Disabilities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Click here to read more about the program.   

The Council has partnered with the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) to provide insight and perspective during the discovery phase of plans to build a bus terminal on Mortimer Street in Downtown Rochester to ensure the terminal meets the needs of all customers.  The Council has met with RGRTA and will continue to meet as the project progresses.

Similarly the Council is lending similar perspective to the Rochester Intermodal Transportation Center to help ensure full accessibility as the project enters its scoping and design phases.

CPWD Advisory Board

  • Gary Gould, Chair
  • Kareen  V. Zeitounzian, Vice-Chair
  • Ann Publow, Secretary
  • Suzanne Johnston
  • Jeanne Ricigliano
  • Ann K. Parsons
  • Margaret (Peg) Pepe-O'Brien
  • Ann Publow


Ex Officio Members
     City of Rochester

  • Sandra J. Simon
  • Luticha Doucette


     County of Monroe

  • Rebecca VanHorn
  • James Roose

Additional Information


Please contact:  Sandra J. Simon, City of Rochester, (585) 428-6509
                           Rebecca VanHorn, County of Monroe, (585) 753-1717

Or, visit the Council Website.