Kate Rollason, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region’s Executive Director, retired on September 30, 2016.
To say that Kate Rollason is a maverick in the world of intellectual and developmental disability is a bit of an understatement. From the moment she graduated from college she challenged stereotypes, immersed herself in advocacy and dedicated herself to fulfilling the promise she made to herself and others to fight discrimination against those with disabilities and other conditions.
Starting in 1976, Kate started changing minds and influencing policy. She has organized and facilitated self-advocacy and self-help groups, testified at the legislature (too many times to count!), worked hands-on in the field, trained and supported direct care workers, raised funds and served as Executive Director of two chapters of The Arc.
At The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, Kate built a foundation so strong and absolute that her successor, staff, parents, individuals and self-advocates can face the future with confidence.
That foundation will be built upon and seal Kate’s legacy at the new headquarters of The Arc that is currently undergoing renovations. As a tribute to Kate, the Community Room will be named in her honor.
The Rollason Community Room will be a place where staff, families, individuals and other people from the community can gather to advocate, support each other and plan the next positive steps to take in the mission to promote respect, create opportunities, and advocate for equal rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.