Council for People with Disabilities

The County of Monroe / City of Rochester Council for People with Disabilities (CPWD) is an advisory council to the County Executive and the Mayor.  The Council 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 is recognized as an exemplary program promoting healthy, active lifestyles among people with disabilities by providing them with adaptive sports and recreation opportunities.    

The Council 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 provided ongoing consultation as the project progressed..

Similarly the Council is lending similar perspective to the Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station in Rochester to help ensure full accessibility as the project evolves.

CPWD Advisory Board

  • Suzanne E. Johnston, Chair
  • Ann Publow, SPHR, Vice-Chair
  • Laura Maas, Secretary
  • Henry Adler, PhD
  • Gary Gould
  • Helen Jones
  • Kareen V. Zeitounzian


Ex Officio Members
     City of Rochester

  • Luticha Doucette
  • Josanne Reaves


     County of Monroe


  • Rebecca VanHorn
  • James Roose

Additional Information


Please contact:  Luticha Doucette, City of Rochester, (585) 428-8806
                           Rebecca VanHorn, County of Monroe, (585) 753-1717

Or, visit the Council Website.