Red heart with wheelchair on it and tile - Onslow Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Man in chair smiling. Our Mission: Improve and enhance the quality of life for citizens with disabilities who live in the Onslow County area.

Empowering Citizens with Disabilities in Onslow County, North Carolina

Together we can do GREAT things to improve and enhance the quality of life for ALL Onslow County citizens with disabilities.

The Onslow Commission for Persons with Disabilities meetings are open to everyone. Meetings are held every first Wednesday of the month beginning at 12 noon at Jacksonville City Hall Conference Rooms A and B. (see schedule on the right)
Bag lunches are allowed.

The Onslow Commission for Persons with Disabilities is seeking new members and collaborative partners to reach all communities of Onslow County.
Applications are available on the Get Involved tab.

Special Needs Baseball is partnering with the Onslow Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation to bring together a Special Needs Awareness Day. This event is completely free to everyone attending. The event includes free food items from the following restaurants and vendors: Myabi, Jr.; Food Lion; Frito Lay; Pepsi; Cici's Pizza; and Rita's Italian Ice. There will be games for individuals to play and vendors who will be displaying services available to special needs citizens.  

Annual Poetry, Poster and Essay Contest

Our 2019 Theme: “Everyday Heroes”

This year’s theme is “Everyday Heroes”. To us, this means “heroes” demonstrate the persistence it takes to overcome social barriers; meet challenges with determination and enthusiasm; and instill strength and courage in others while keeping a positive outlook on what life has to offer.

This year’s event was amazing! We had over 230 students submitting entries to the contest. The 5 judges had a very difficult time selecting the winner for each grade. Sad to say we did not have any entries from the 9th grade level, but every other grade from kindergarten through 12th was represented. Many public, private and Christian schools in the Onslow County area participated in the contest. The members of the Commission are very honored and grateful to the students and teachers who made this event so successful.

Please check out our Facebook page to view the winning entries as well as pictures of the winners receiving their certificates and gift cards from Mayor Sammy Phillips.

What does it mean to you?

Create an Original Poster or Poem or Essay about your own observations or feelings when you meet or see a person with a disability. As you prepare your poster, poem or essay, reflect on your very own community, your friends, loved ones, classmates, and others and express your ideas to help others see beyond the disability and see the person.

Thank you!

We are here to promote public awareness and acceptance of persons with disabilities.

Please be sure to visit our Facebook page for the latest events and happenings as well as pertinent information.

Please contact us for more information or to make a much appreciated donation.

Contact Info:
Lorna Aschbrenner 910-330-6736
email address:

Our Goals

  • Promote public awareness and acceptance of persons with disabilities
  • Provide education and resources to the community.
  • Serve as a countywide source for gathering and distributing information that is
    Relevant to persons with disabilities and their families.
  • Collaborate with civilian/military/veteran organizations.

Onslow Commission for Persons with Disabilities

Meeting calendar for 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Meeting location:
Jacksonville City Hall
Meeting Room # A & B (downstairs)
All meetings are held at 12:00 noon Bring your bagged lunch

You may request an accommodation for a disabling condition in order to attend the meeting. If you have not already made a request prior to the meeting, you may email us at
Such requests should be made at least 10 business days prior to the meeting.

Board of Directors
2018/2019 Officers
Alex Shreve, Chairperson
Leona Howard, Vice Chairperson
Lorna Aschbrenner, Secretary
Cheryl Crist, Treasurer
At-Large Board Members:
Joseph Traumer
Rob Stutts
Marge LeBron

call 910 333 0625 or 910 330 8666. OCPD, PO Box 244, Jacksonville, NC 28541


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