Disability Rights and Resources

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-7948
TTY 711

Disability Rights and Resources, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,
Director

Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards

The Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board’s Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards are presented annually to recognize people, businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations that excel in demonstrating a commitment to promoting equal rights and community inclusion for people with disabilities in the Fairfax area and how people with disabilities have significantly benefitted from their efforts.

2021 Martha Glennan Award Recipient Conner Cummings

screenshot of Conner Cummings speakingCongratulations, Conner Cummings! 

The 2021 Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Award was presented to Conner Cummings for his advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities.

Conner has been advocating for persons with disabilities from a young age, when he and his mother advocated for the need for Conner’s Law. Passed in 2015, Conner’s Law was established to help adult children with disabilities who need financial support. If the parents are divorced, the law allows judges the discretion to order non-custodial parents to pay child support for disabled adult children, over the age of 18.

Learn More About Conner Cummings

The 2021 Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Award was presented to Conner Cummings for his advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities.

Conner has been advocating for persons with disabilities from a young age, when he and his mother advocated for the need for Conner’s Law. Passed in 2015, Conner’s Law was established to help adult children with disabilities who need financial support. If the parents are divorced, the law allows judges the discretion to order non-custodial parents to pay child support for disabled adult children, over the age of 18.

Since then, Conner has gone on to partner with The Arc of Northern Virginia and the Autism Society to host candidate forums for people seeking elected office such as the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Virginia Commonwealth Attorneys, state delegates and state senators, congresspersons, senators and presidential campaigns.

At the beginning of the forums, Conner often reminds the audience that candidate forums are a way to learn. He believes that to include everyone in that learning, we must be inclusive. Language should be simple, words should be kind, everyone should be given a fair chance and people with disabilities should be heard and believed.

During the forums, candidates consistently take time to thank Conner for leading the way on how to host educational inclusive events where people with disabilities are heard and can hear from candidates. 

Conner also shares his stories about voting and encourages others to do the same. Conner openly talks about his struggles and shares that he conquered many of them with inclusion, love and support. He 
believes everyone else can do the same. He inspires people everywhere because he is so open and genuine. In 2020, Conner was appointed to the Virginia Disability Commission.

Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Awards

Awards Event
The Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board (FA-DSB) was proud to present the awards on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Due to the pandemic, the event was hosted virtually.

Nomination Information
Learn information about who to nominate, the process and how to submit the nomination form. Nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Previous Awards Recipients
Meet the previous awards recipients.

About Martha Glennan
Martha Glennan founded the Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board in 1992. As its first chairman, she advocated for people with disabilities, and helped countless individuals and families live more fulfilling lives. Originally a Fairfax County Public Schools' teacher, Martha believed in the letter, as well as the spirit of the laws protecting people with disabilities in the areas of employment, housing, transportation, education, access to places of worship, state and local government, and public facilities. She was a lively supporter of universal design, demonstrating that ease of access can be both functional and beautiful at the same time.

Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board

The mission of the Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board (FA-DSB) is to include people with disabilities into mainstream community life by educating people about disability policy and barriers to community integration, monitoring compliance with disability rights laws, and  advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities.

For more information about the FA-DSB, or to get involved in any of their efforts to make the Fairfax area a better place for people with disabilities, call 703-324-5426, TTY 711, email or visit our website.
Fairfax Area – Disability Services Board Members 

  • Deborah Hammer, Chair (Mt. Vernon District)
  • Judith Turcott, Secretary (City of Fairfax District)
  • Brandis Ruise (Hunter Mill District)
  • Andrew Magill (At-Large)
  • Diane Monnig (Providence District)
  • Courtney Cezair Mayers (Dranesville District)
  • Deborah Cohen (Braddock District)
  • MaryPauline Jones (Springfield District) 
  • Melandee Jones (At-Large)
  • Sarah Graham Taylor (Lee District)
  • Lindsay Harris (City of Falls Church)
  • Jamie Lynne Bruen (Sully District)

The FA-DSB thanks everyone for making the 2020 Martha Glennan Disability Inclusion and Equality Award possible, and for continuing to support people with disabilities in all aspects of community life!

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