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This profile was last updated on 7/30/07  and contains information from public web pages.

Certified Access Consultant

Disabilities Act

Employment History

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  • Certified Access Consultant
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Ralph Glathar will begin ..., 30 July 2007 [cached]
Ralph Glathar will begin his three-year tenure in August in a bittersweet post to help those with disabilities.
Glathar was married for 17 years to his wife Eileen, who died in June 2006.Eileen was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1980, and was a member of the state Rehabilitation Council for years before her death.
After his wife became unable to drive herself to the meetings, Glathar began taking off work once a month to take her.After her death, the council awarded Eileen posthumously for her work, and after accepting the award in her behalf, Council members asked Glathar to apply for an open position on the board.
Comprised of consumers, professionals, parent advocates, and service providers, the council oversees the state Office of Rehabilitation vocational rehabilitation program.The council is legally appointed by the Utah State Board of Education and works to improve state services.Glathar was chosen to act as a consumer advocate.
"We work for those of all ages and with all disabilities," he said.
With his wife, Glathar said he saw her abilities and also the obstacles she had to overcome.Watching her struggles and successes added to his passion to help people with disabilities.In addition, he said he has a niece and two nephews with disabilities -- two with Down Syndrome and one with physical and mental disabilities.
"For years I have cursed people I see park in disabled parking and then run into a store," he said."My interest grew as I was involved with Eileen and we were married."
He said it is important to think of things from other people's perspective.
"All you have to do is put yourself in their position," he said."How would you feel if you were hurt in an automobile accident and had to be in a wheelchair or if you applied for a job and they told you 'No, we can't use anybody in a wheelchair.' They wouldn't even give you a chance or even give you an application."
The same considerations apply when someone with a mental disability is not given a chance to get a job they want, he said.
"That is my passion about people with disabilities," he said.
Glathar is also a certified access consultant for the Americans with Disabilities Act and has been trained to help those who fight for access, and also monitor ADA access on new buildings in American Fork.Glathar said he gets involved a few times each year in projects around the city, letting the city and developers know about violations, including the slant of ADA ramps, the size of doors and difficulty in getting doors open, among other issues.
He became interested in ADA access after listening to a lecture and volunteered to be trained for certification, he said.
"I feel this is a great opportunity to coordinate and combine work from both areas," he said.
There are many types of disabilities, and all people need to have the same access to businesses and public buildings that the general public enjoys, he said.
"A mother who cannot push a stroller between racks in a store or a person who has a broken leg has a disability," he said.
Ralph Glathar is a man with ..., 26 July 2007 [cached]
Ralph Glathar is a man with a passion for helping those in need, particularly those who have disabilities.
The American Fork resident was recently named to the State Rehabilitation Council, a group which monitors vocational rehabilitation programs throughout Utah.The group has a wide variety of individuals who come from state agencies or may have disabilities themselves.
Glathar was chosen to act as a consumer advocate, representing those with needs.Advocates monitor programs and their effectiveness.
"We work for those of all ages and with all disabilities," he said.
Glathar has been active in the cause for many years and was inspired in part by his wife, Eileen, who died in June of 2006.
They were married 17 years, and she suffered with Multiple Sclerosis during that time.She was first diagnosed in 1980, but may have had the disease since she was a teenager or was in her 20s.
Ralph Glathar watched her and saw her abilities.He also saw obstacles she had to overcome.That added to his passion to help people with disabilities.
Although his depth of feeling deepened through watching Eileen and learning from her, he said he has always been interested in helping the disabled.
"I had been interested in it before I got reacquainted with Eileen," he said.
In addition to serving on the State Rehabilitation Council, Glathar is a Certified Access Consultant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.He said it is good for him to be involved in both.
"I feel this is a great opportunity to coordinate and combine work from both areas," he said.
Glathar said although the symbol for the disabled reflects a wheelchair, there are many other types of disabilities and that all people need to have access to what the general public does.
"A mother who cannot push a stroller between racks in a store or a person who has a broken leg has a disability," he said.Glathar said he tries to educate people about the problems whenever he can.
"I take every opportunity I can to push for people with disabilities," he said.
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