WWNO interviews Dr. Rose Angelocci about how the Krewe of King Arthur accommodates riders with disabilities

Rose Angelocci, Mary LeBlanc, and Loretta Brehm sit around a conference table in front of a screen that features the video feed of WWNO's Managing Producer Alana Schreiber during their interview. Rose wears a purple collard Krewe of King Arthur shirt, Mary wears a purple vest over a white t-shirt with the purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras colors, and Loretta wears a Krewe of King Arthur t-shirt with the logo in white. The Krewe of King Arthur logo is King Arthur wearing a crown with his hand on the holt oh his sword. Behind him are trees and a castle.

New Orleans Public Radio interviewed HDC’s Rose Angelocci, Ph.D., CRC, CWIC and her friends from the Krewe of King Arthur, Mary LeBlanc and Loretta Brehm, about how the parade accommodates riders with disabilities.

WWNO writes, “With loud noises, tightly-packed crowds, and objects flying left and right – a Mardi Gras parade might not seem like the friendliest space for people with disabilities. Thankfully, there are some krewes that are specifically focused on finding ways to make their floats and parades accessible for riders with disabilities. And perhaps no Krewe is better known for this than the Krewe of King Arthur.

Dr. Rose Angelocci and her family on float at Krewe of King Arthur
Dr. Rose Angelocci and her family on float at Krewe of King Arthur

About Rose Angelocci, Ph.D., CRC, CWIC

Dr. Angelocci has over 30 years of experience in working with individuals with disabilities—especially those who are blind or deafblind; their families; and service providers who serve them. Her experience includes assessing and training persons in the use of assistive technology and Braille; directing residential programs for students who are blind transitioning from high school to college and/or employment; conducting vocational evaluations and career counseling; and providing pre-employment transition services for high school students with disabilities.

She currently works on HDC’s West South Central Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WSC WIPA) project and the Louisiana DeafBlind Project for Children and Youth (LADBP).