Ray Petty

Ray Petty, Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building Coordinator

Ray Petty has served as the Kansas coordinator for the Great Plains ADA Center since 1994 and serves as Technical Assistance Coordinator for Region VII. Currently one of  his regional efforts is to help put together collaborative networks in, and eventually among, the four states in our region.  Ray also works to promote accessible recreation activities and resources throughout the Great Plains Region.

Ray has been invested in the independent living and disability rights movement for over 40 years. While in graduate school at KU he was an assistant at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living. He has served on the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns, the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, Assistive Technology for Kansans, and was the State Independent Living Council of Kansas.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s he was Executive Director of two independent living centers in Kansas, then coordinated KSDE’s CDC disability prevention grant, and has been involved with the ADA since before it was a law.  In 1997 he helped found the ADA Symposium, which has become THE National ADA conference, supported by all 10 ADA Centers. During the past 20 years, he has also been a consultant for local governments as well as secondary and post-secondary educational institutions and private businesses. Ray has been a long-time member of the ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility at the University of Kansas. He coaches more now, but played wheelchair softball for the Kansas City Royals WC softball team, plays WC basketball occasionally, but has recently taken up Pickleball as his recreational outlet of choice.

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