An image of the founder of The Viscardi Center and the Henry Viscardi School, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. a man with white hair and a disability sitting in front of a podium wearing a suit and bowtie.

The Viscardi Center is proud to announce nominations for the international 2024 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are now being accepted. These esteemed Awards were originally presented in 2013 to honor the memory and legacy of the Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. A renowned disability advocate, Dr. Viscardi, who wore prosthetic legs himself, served as a disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter. He is known for the revolutionary employment and education programs introduced for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities.

Every year, the Awards look to commemorate the achievements of trailblazers, advocates, role models, and visionaries in the disability community globally and emphasize their positive influence on society. Since their inception, Viscardi has recognized nearly 100 recipients from over two dozen countries. These outstanding individuals have included Judith Heumann, Ali Stroker, Caroline Casey, Rebecca Cokley, Virginia A. Jacko, Tony Coelho, Marlee Matlin, Rory Cooper, Dr. Dinesh Palipana, Neil Jacobson, Mindy Henderson, and General (ret.) Frederick M. Franks, Jr. Read the full listing of past recipients.

The nomination period is open and the deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1, 2024. Read more about the Awards and submit a nomination.

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are part of The Viscardi Center’s continuing efforts to encourage inclusivity, diversity, and equality for all members of society.

About The Viscardi Center
The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profit organizations based in Albertson, NY, provides a lifespan of services that educate, employ, and empower people with disabilities. Its programs and services include Pre-K through High School education (to age 21), school-to-work transition services, vocational training and job placement, digital accessibility services, entrepreneurship, veteran employment, and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses.