The Viscardi Center kicks off annual awards series for international leaders with disabilities.
The Viscardi Center is announcing an official call for nominations for the 2020 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, an international award series recognizing exemplary leaders with disabilities. Recipients will be announced and honored during the 2020 fall season.
The Henry Viscardi Achievements Awards commemorate the vision of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who himself wore prosthetic legs. A premier disability advocate, Dr. Viscardi served as a disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and implemented groundbreaking employment and education programs that continue to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Launched in 2013, the Awards are bestowed upon innovators, role models, and mentors in the global disability community who carry on Dr. Viscardi’s legacy through the example of their professional accomplishments and advocacy efforts. Past recipients have been men and women with diverse and distinguished backgrounds in academia, health care, sports, entertainment, government, law, non-profit, and corporate sectors.
“Over the course of seven years, The Viscardi Center’s Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards have proudly recognized the vast accomplishments of nearly 70 individuals from twenty countries around the world,” said John D. Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “Trailblazers with disabilities are making a measurable impact around the globe, creating opportunities for all and shifting social attitudes in their communities. These Awards bring awareness to those accomplishments, as well as regional barriers to progress that must be addressed.”
The 2020 Henry Viscardi Awards Selection Committee is once again co-chaired by former U.S. Senator Robert Dole and Sherwood “Woody” Goldberg, Esq., retired U.S. Army Colonel and current Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Washington D.C. View the full Selection Committee list.
The deadline for submissions is September 18, 2020. To submit a nomination or learn more about the selection process, please visit: https://www.viscardicenter.org/about/hvaa/
About The Viscardi Center
Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center educates, employs and empowers people with disabilities. It provides Pre-K-12 education, school-to-work youth transition services, vocational training, career counseling and employment placement, assistive technology, and adapted driver education to children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of disabilities. The Viscardi Center also assists businesses in advancing inclusive cultures in their workplaces.