Public Health Awards for Eleanor Smith and Concrete Change

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Concrete Change, a pioneering advocacy organization for those with disabilities, has been awarded with the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from Emory University, the Rollins School of Public Health and the Goizueta Business School for its work promoting affordable, accessible integrated housing. Additionally, Eleanor Smith has been awarded with the first Advocacy Award from the disability section of the American Public Health Association. The award will be presented at the APHA conference, October 29th-November 2nd.

Eleanor gained traction within CNU after leading discussions and bringing awareness of the three key tenets of visitability to CNU's leadership. Visitability is defined as: 36” wide doors, reinforced bathroom walls, and one zero-step entrance. For more on this, please visit the definitions authored by Concrete Change.

Eleanor has had spirited debate on how to provide accessible dwelling units as part of New Urbanism. She has also presented at the 2009 Atlanta Regional Commission’s Lifelong Communities Charrette, where she was able to work on specific designs with Andres Duany and other CNU members. She has also been a frequent presenter at CNU, most recently at CNU 18 in Atlanta.

Congratulations to Eleanor and Concrete Change!



This article - from back in

This article - from back in 1997 - gives a great overview of Smith's commitment to Concrete Change. Great to see she's still fighting the good fight.


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