Nominations Open for 2022 Viscardi Achievement Awards
Annual Awards series recognize global leaders with disabilities who are sparking change worldwide.
The Viscardi Center is launching a call for nominations for the 2022 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards — an international award series recognizing distinguished leaders with disabilities. Recipients will be announced and honored this coming fall.
Now in their tenth year, the Awards spotlight 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 work. Past recipients have come from diverse and distinguished backgrounds in academia, healthcare, athletics, entertainment, government, law, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. There have been nearly 90 recipients from more than 20 countries recognized to date.
The Henry Viscardi Achievements Awards commemorate the vision of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., a disability rights pioneer who himself wore prosthetic legs. Dr. Viscardi served as a disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and implemented groundbreaking programs that continue to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.
“Individuals with disabilities are redefining what it means to have a disability in the United States and countries around the world,” said Dr. Chris Rosa, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “Recipients of the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards demonstrate the strength of disability culture, community, and creativity, as well as the diverse thinking and talent that can revolutionize how we all learn, work, and go about our daily lives.”
The Awards Selection Committee is Chaired by Sherwood “Woody” Goldberg, Esq., Retired U.S. Army Colonel and Emeritus Civilian Aide to the U.S. Secretary of the Army, who has played a chairing leadership role since their inception. View the full Selection Committee list.
The deadline for submissions is September 16, 2022. Click here to learn more and submit a nomination today.
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 serves children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of disabilities, providing Pre-K through High School education (up to age 21), school-to-work youth transition services, vocational training, career counseling and employment placement, and assistive technology. On a national level, it advances inclusive business cultures through the National Business & Disability Council and connects aspiring entrepreneurs to self-employment success at the National Center for Disability Entrepreneurship. Its Project Accessible Oral Health initiative leads access to quality oral health care for the global disability community.
Disability Entrepreneurship Institute, Business Owner Julie has always had one enduring dream: to run her own business. Since completing The Viscardi Center’s entrepreneurship pilot program, taking second place in its Founders with Disabilities PitchFest Competition...
Employment Services for Veterans, Participant Elizabeth gained international knowledge while serving eight years in the U.S. Army. Her duties focused on human intelligence collection and analysis and included a tour of Iraq. But after being discharged, Elizabeth later...
Henry Viscardi School, Parent Going on a weekend trip to New York City with classmates. Attending prom. Planning for the future. For Petros, Class of 2022, his senior year at the Henry Viscardi School was one to remember. For his mother, it revealed the...