January 27, 2022 By CDHD Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day 2022 This February 2, the Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities will be observing Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day in Boise. Join people with disabilities, families, providers, legislators and friends to create a strong Idaho disability awareness community! Stop by to learn more about issues concerning people with disabilities. This includes: the housing crisis the direct care workforce shortage digital accessibility, and more. The event will be held at the Capitol's first floor Rotunda. It runs from 9am to 1pm with an award ceremony at noon. Download the flyer (PDF) Learn more about Fred Riggers Fred Riggers grew up in North Idaho, farming in the small community of Nezperce. By the age of 56, his failing vision led him to become legally blind. The diagnosis put a stop to his farming career. He was also not able to drive. These challenges were tough for him; however, after relocating to Boise, he decided to take action. Fred enrolled in a class to learn how to navigate the world with a cane and fill his coffee cup. Inspired to do more with his days, he began to spend his time at the Capitol, listening in on legislative hearings and debates. Eventually Fred moved from spectator to participant, speaking to lawmakers on issues that were important to him. This included water rights, farming and disability rights. He became a staple at the Capitol, known by anyone who graced the halls. This included lawmakers. Over the course of the next 17 years Fred attended every legislative session possible. He also served as an advocate for the Library for the Blind as an appointee in Washington DC. His influence helped the disability community and his legacy continues to inspire advocates around the state.