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Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Past Recipients

Henry Viscardi Achievement Award Recipients


  • Shaheena Ali, Disabled Welfare Association, Pakistan
  • Dr. Alex H. Cohen, Accessible Pharmacy Services for the Blind, U.S.
  • John Cronin, John’s Crazy Socks, U.S.
  • Susan Henderson, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, U.S.
  • Emily Ladau, Disability Rights Activist, U.S.
  • Nkosinathi Freddy Ndlovu, Presidential Working Group of Disability (PWGD), South Africa


  • Dani Bowman, DaniMation Entertainment, U.S.
  • Rebecca Cokley, Ford Foundation, U.S.
  • Deepak, KC, World Bank Group Nepal/National Paralympic Committee of Nepal, Nepal
  • Lalit Kumar, Evara Foundation, India
  • Scott Michael Robertson, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S.
  • Paul W. Schroeder, American Printing House for the Blind, U.S.
  • Miguel Tomasín, Reynols, Argentina

View this video and meet the 2021 Award recipients.


  • Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Action to the Community Development Institute, Vietnam
  • Caroline Casey, The Valuable 500, Ireland
  • James Raymond “JR” Harding, Florida State University, U.S.
  • Judith Heumann, The Heumann Connection, U.S.
  • Andrew J. Imparato, Disability Rights California, U.S.
  • Braam Jordaan, Convo Communications, South Africa
  • Jaime Huerta Peralta, Universidad Privada del Norte, Peru
  • Edmund “EQ” Sylvester, United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA), U.S.
  • Mata’afa Fa’atino Utumapu, Nuanua O Le Alofa, Samoa
  • Duong Thi Van, Hanoi Association of People with Disabilities, Vietnam
  • James J. Weisman, United Spinal Association, U.S.

View this video and meet the 2020 Award recipients.


  • Major Jas Boothe, Final Salute Inc., U.S.
  • SFC Joseph Bowser, U.S. Army, U.S.
  • Virginia A. Jacko, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, U.S.
  • Kamran Khan, Saaya Association of Persons with Disabilities, Pakistan
  • Abha Khetarpal, Cross the Hurdles, India
  • Dr. Dinesh Palipana, Gold Coast Health, Australia
  • Chano Park, Seoul Center for Independent Living, South Korea
  • Ali Stroker, Tony Award-Winning Actress, U.S.
  • Yves Veulliet, IBM, Belgium
  • Dr. Hoang-Yen Thi Vo, Disability Research and Capacity Development, Vietnam


  • Prof. Dr. Alireza Darvishy – Zurich University of Applied Sciences/Institute of Applied Information Technology, Switzerland
  • General (ret.) Frederick M. Franks, Jr. – Retired Four-Star General of the U.S. Army, U.S.
  • Ilan Gilon, The Knesset, Israel
  • Thomas A. Hoffer – Regional Health Command – Pacific, U.S.
  • Prudence Mabhena – Prudence Mabhena Music, Zimbabwe
  • Bonface Ophiyah Massah – Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi, Malawi
  • Jawaid Rais – Disabled Welfare Association, Pakistan
  • Maria Town – Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, City of Houston, U.S.
  • Glen W. White, Ph.D. – Delta Air Lines Advisory Board on Disability, U.S.
  • Mohammed Yousuf – EquallyAble Foundation/Accessible Transportation Technology Research Initiative at the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, U.S.

View this video and meet all of the 2018 Award recipients.


  • Vashkar Bhattacharjee — Access to Information (a2i) Program, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister’s Office/Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)/GAATES Board of Directors, Bangladesh
  • Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu — Ministry of Social Development, South Africa
  • Justin Constantine —The Constantine Group, U.S.
  • Col. Gregory D. Gadson — U.S Army Veteran/Patriot Strategies, U.S.
  • Matt King — Facebook, U.S.
  • Dr. Satendra Singh — University College of Medical Sciences, India
  • Yuval Wagner — Access Israel, Israel
  • Thomas J. Wlodkowski — Comcast, U.S.
  • Asim Zafar — Saaya Association/Community Based Inclusive Development Network, Pakistan

View this video and meet all of the 2017 Award recipients.


  • Saima Aslam – National Forum of Women with Disabilities, Pakistan
  • Senarath Attanayake – Uva Provincial Council, Columbo, Sri Lanka
  • Peggy Chenoweth – Author/Advocate/Blogger, U.S.
  • PJ Edington – IBM Government & Regulatory Affairs Executive, U.S.
  • Hiroyasu Itoh – Chairman, Japan Abilities, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jim Mayer – U.S. Army/Vietnam Veteran (ret.), Walter Reed Hospital, U.S.
  • Dave McGill – VP, Reimbursement & Compliance, Ossur, U.S.
  • Curtis Pride – former Major League Baseball player, MLB’s Ambassador for Disability Inclusion, U.S.
  • Juan Pablo Salazar Salamanca – President, National Council on Disability and Presidential Advisor, Colombia
  • Dr. Louise Sinden-Carroll – International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Auckland, New Zealand

View this video and meet all of the 2016 Award recipients.


  • Jim Gibbons – President & CEO, Goodwill Industries International, U.S.
  • Mark Johnson – Chair of The ADA Legacy Project and Director of Advocacy at Shepherd Center, U.S.
  • David Krupa – CEO, The Range of Motion Project and Certified Prosthetist, Ecuador
  • Ed Lucas – Founder, The Ed Lucas Foundation; Sports Journalist, U.S.
  • Lonnie C. Moore – Program Analyst, Career and Education Readiness Branch, U.S. Army Warrior
    Transition Command, U.S.
  • Winfred G. Mugure – University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Toby Olson – Executive Secretary State of Washington; Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, U.S.
  • Marilyn E. Saviola – Senior Vice President for Advocacy and the Women’s Health Program, Independence Care System, U.S.
  • Mark Wafer – President, Megleen, operating as Tim Hortons, Canada

View this video and meet all of the 2015 Award recipients.


  • Jim Abbott – Former MLB Pitcher & Gold Medal Olympian, U.S.
  • Marca Bristo – President & CEO of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, U.S.
  • Rory Cooper, Ph.D. – Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.
  • Maryanne Diamond – General Manager Advocacy and Engagement at Vision Australia, Australia
  • Neil Jacobson – Founder & CEO of Abilicorp, U.S.
  • Arlene Mayerson – Attorney at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), U.S.
  • Marlee Matlin – Academy Award & Golden Globe Award-winning Actress, U.S.
  • Ron McCallum – Emeritus Professor at The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Thomas Porter – Volunteer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, U.S.
  • Susan Sygall – Co-founder & CEO of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), U.S.
  • Yevgeniy Tetyukhin – Professor at the Petropavlovsk North Kazakhstan State University, Kazakhstan
  • Mary Verdi-Fletcher – President & Founding Artistic Director of Dancing Wheels, U.S.


  • Laurie Ahern – President, Disability Rights International, U.S.
  • Rosangela Berman Bieler – Senior Advisor on Children with Disabilities, UNICEF,U.S.
  • Tony Coelho – Former U.S. Rep. from California, Primary Sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, U.S.
  • Lex Frieden – Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Biomedical Informatics; Director of the Independent Living Research Utilization program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, U.S.
  • Yoav Kraiem – Chairman, National Council for Community Relations – Mental Health, Israel
  • U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin – Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District, U.S.
  • Kathleen Martinez – Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S.
  • Patrick D. Rummerfield – Community Liaison, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Kennedy-Krieger Institute, U.S.
  • Michael Ashley Stein – Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, U.S.

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