Nominations are now closed. Below are the awards to be given at the event.
PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR - This award is given to recognize exceptional professional contributions to the developmental disability community. Ideal candidates have demonstrated a personal commitment to making a positive impact on persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, demonstrate an appreciation for the value and dignity of persons with disabilities, and are strong leaders in their field. Nominees for this award may be educators, medical professionals, Service and Support Administrators, caseworkers, direct care professionals, independent providers, provider administrators, or anyone that works to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - This award is given to recognize a person with outstanding volunteer service on behalf of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Accomplishments in the areas of direct volunteerism through non-profit or agency board service, fundraising, community activity coordination, and advocacy for disability awareness are typical of the recipients of this award.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR - This award is designed to recognize employers that have exhibited strong community leadership by improving community-based employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. A nomination in this category may be submitted by an interested individual or employee of the company/agency/organization who has experience with the nominated employer. Points to consider in the nomination description: description of the business, number of employees, number of employees with disabilities, and accommodations for persons with disabilities.
AGENCY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR - This award is given to an agency provider* that provides high quality service to the persons with disabilities in their care. Ideal candidates enhance the quality of life of the persons they serve by fostering accessibility for each client and their unique needs, investing in the training and longevity of direct care professionals, and promote the community participation of the individuals they serve.
[*An agency provider is an entity that directly employs a chief executive officer (CEO) and at least one other person for the purpose of providing services to people with developmental disabilities. Nominations for Independent Providers will be considered in the Professional of the Year category.]
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT - This award is given to recognize a person with an intellectual or developmental disability for demonstrating self-advocacy skills and personal strength, overcoming personal or societal barriers, and inspiring others to fulfill their potential. Examples of accomplishments could (but is not limited to) include community service, vocation and recreational pursuits, and educational progress.
Nominations had to be submitted before September 9th, 2019 to be considered. If you have someone, an organization, or a business in mind, please feel free to nominate them next year. Thank you.