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John Stephenson
P.O. Box 175885
Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017
home: (606) 331-4400
cell: (606) 653-7000

fax:  (606) 331-4410
Senate Bill 82 Historic Legislation for the Disabled of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Sign by Governor Paul Patton. State Representative Fred Nesler speaks for the legislature and the leadership at the signing.    "Working together, we can dream, an it can become a reality"
Community Service, Social Service and Professional Volunteer Work: 
  • Ombudsman Advisory Council, Senior Services of Northern Kentucky
  • Chairman, Vice Chairman, Community Program Center (education, public and government television access)
  • Master of Ceremonies, "Whosoever Will" Band, volunteer entertainment for senior centers, nursing homes, churches and other civic groups
  • Produced, directed and hosted a weekly Northern Kentucky cable program entitled, "Your Health and Wellness"
  • Formerly affiliated with the Covington Rotary
  • Former member of the Boone County Jaycees
  • Member of the National, Kentucky and Erlanger Education Associations, President
  • Former State Director of National Day of Prayer
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce: served in a voluntary capacity helping to coordinate Legislative and Educational issues. Member, Stephenson Group
  • Northern Kentucky Mental Health Association. Served actively with the Association at both the state and local levels holding numerous positions including chairman, board of Directors and numerous committee work assignments
  • Served on the Goodwill Industries Board of Directors.
  • Former Boone County Businessmen's Association
  • Master of Ceremonies, Special Olympics for 30-years
  • Masons, Scottish Rite, Syrian Temple Shrine, 1965 to Present
  • Kiwanis - Charter Member, Ft. Mitchell
  • Video projects: Historic film of Kentucky counties, Santa Claus Education Series, Europe by Train series, Your Health and Wellness Program and Travels with The Stephensons
John & June Gerald Sam & Austin in
Frankfort entertaining the Governor and honering the disabled of the state.

For Immediate Release: It was a great day in Frankfort. I thought you
might like to see the pictures.
Senate Bill Signing in Capitol Rotunda by Governor Paul Patton: April
Time: 9:15 a.m. For Further Information Contact John Stephenson
We want to thank the Governor for this opportunity and for his help in
passage of this historic legislation.  He and the Legislature, have
jointly open the doors for all of our citizens. We thank our leaders,
and all the citizens of the Commonwealth for their efforts to enact this
Senate Bill 82.
The public is invited and a list of leaders follows below who will be
present for the signing.
Dear Colleagues,
Without the help of Representative Fred Nesler,
and the other sponsors,
Senator David Williams, (president of the Senate), Representative Jody Richards, (Speaker) 

and Senator Julie Rose Denton and a patient
Governor Paul Patton and those here and across the Commonwealth
of Kentucky, who are the "Kentucky Joes of the world" this legislation
would still be a dream.  Today it is a reality, let us move forward.
I am writing this to extend to you my deepest appreciation for all of
help during this historic 2001 General Assembly session!

Because of you and the awesome collective effort of Kentuckians all
our great Commonwealth, "We the People" with disabilities can now
be considered for representation on ALL boards, councils, etc at the
Decision-making levels of our state and local governing entities!  "We"
also now actively cause the implementation of disability awareness
modules to be incorporated into staff training programs throughout state
government.  "We" are now recognized as candidates for employment in
decision making positions on a more consistent basis.

SENATE BILL 82 with the HOUSE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE passed the Senate on
March 22 2001 at approximately 2:50 p. m.!

Every single telephone call to the LRC message line, every single e-mail
message shared with others, every single personal contact with your
representative, and every single presence in the Capitol and Capitol
WAS THE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT URGE  that convinced the members of the
and Senate that "An Act Relating to Disability" is very very important
legislation for Kentucky!

The activity surrounding this legislation demonstrated a great
and support from the leaders in the Commonwealth pertaining to
issues and from the disability rights advocates across the state.

I am so very proud of Kentuckians with disabilities!

YOU have caused Kentucky State Government to end DISCRIMINATION against
people with disabilities!

Of course, the ending of discrimination has been announced time and time
again throughout history.  It is strictly up to us to come forth on a
basis just as we have during this 2001 General assembly to educate the
Commonwealth about disability.  We can do this!

Our representation at the decision making level of state government will
cause all leaders to naturally begin to think differently about
learning-dispelling myths.

Please take a moment to extend to your representatives (Legislator and
Senator) a huge "Thank You" for his/her role in passing Senate Bill 82!

Thank all of you for your great and successful effort in "MAKING A

John Stephenson
Special Olympics MC (30years)

Representative Fred Nesler  ( who originally introduced HB 119)

   400 State Route 440 
   Mayfield, KY 42066 
   (Office) 270-247-1258 
   (Home) 270-247-8557 
   (FAX) 270-247-1267
Brian Sunderland will be representing Senator Julie Rose Denton (Whose
SB 82 was the vehicle for which HB 119 was to ride piggyback) SB 82 was
introduced for the Governors office as a reorganization piece of

  Julie Rose Denton (36) 
   4600 Doe Spring Court 
   Louisville, KY 40241 
   (Home) 502-228-7673 
   (FAX) 502-228-3299 
   (Del. Office) 502-574-8099
        John Glisson (God's gift to the disabled.,
thank you Lord, Johnny S)
>> John Glisson, Legislative Co-Chair
>> Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
"Marsha Vanhook" <
silc member Marsha van hook 
P.O.Box 559 Somerset, KY 42502
(606) 678-4502

        Pamela Wallace call Pamela at 859-335-9282
"Sharon Fields"
Sharon Fields, Executive Director
Kentucky Disabilities Coalition

Office phone: (toll free) 800-327-5287 ext. 264, or (regular)
ext. 264; 
Office FAX: 502-327-9974;
Home phone: 502-897-7692;