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.