News from the Northwest ADA Center – Idaho

There have been a number of individuals and organizations that are unsung heroes in Idaho. During Hands Around the Capitol at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the ADA in Boise Idaho, awards were presented to some deserving folks who promote the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Kelly Packer


Excellence Award

Presented to Kelly Packer of the Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing for her passionate support of House Bill 152 and her commitment to contributing to the lives of Idaho’s deaf and hard of hearing. 



Youth Advocate Award

Gabrielle Ryals

Gabrielle Ryals received this award for fearlessly battling the Treasure Valley School Districts restrictive policy on service animals.

Voting Access Award

Presented to Mr. Jim Mair, the Help America Vote Coordinator for the State of Idaho. Jim believes in the value of each person’s vote and provides voter education and training for poll workers across the state.

Accessible Design Award

Architect Greg Allen, AIA Principal of Hummel Architects received this award. He goes out of the way to ensure equal access is available so people with disabilities can participate in every day life.

Employment Award

Presented to James Turner from LINC uses every opportunity to educate and advocate for the Medicaid for Workers with Disabilities program.

ADA Coordinators Award

Susie Colthorp from the city of Mountain Home received this award. She has worked very hard for a year and a half to help the city develop their transition plan.

Roger Howard


ADA Mentor Award
Presented to Roger Howard, who has not only been an advocate himself, but has mentored other people in the process. Roger continues to work with the NW ADA Center-Idaho to conduct site reviews and give technical assistance.

In Memory Award
Bobby Ball’s family was there to accept this award on behalf of Bobby. A brick inscribed with her name and an ADA message will be placed in the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial for her work of over 20 years providing ADA training and technical assistance to employers, governments and educators.

Dana Gover copyDana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
Idaho Relay Service: 711