2007 Council on Community Advocacy Award

November 14, 2007

For Immediate Release

Contact: Crystal Pariseau, 301-588-8252
cpariseau@aucd.org

Institute for Human Development, University of Missouri at Kansas City awarded
2007 Council on Community Advocacy Award

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 Carl Calkins, PhD, Director of the Institute for Human Development, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and AUCD Past-President, Lu Zeph, EdD

November 14, 2007, Washington, DC: The Institute for Human Development, University of Missouri at Kansas City received the 2007 Council on Community Advocacy Award today at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting and Conference.

The Council on Community Advocacy Award is presented to the UCEDD that has exhibited the strongest commitment to support the full and active participation of self advocates and family members on its consumer advisory council; has demonstrated leadership in the promotion and use of assistive technology to enhance the lives and participation of individuals with disabilities (i.e. may have a model program); has an outstanding record in providing and encouraging best or promising practices in person and family centered principles; and utilizes culturally competent approaches and overall consumer accessibility in all aspects of their mission (including publications, activities, and projects).

The Council on Community Advocacy honors and recognizes the Missouri UCEDD, under the leadership of Dr. Carl Calkins for the past 29 years, for its notable history of exemplifying academic work guided by the voice of people with disabilities and their family members. Their Consumer Advisory Council serves as a sounding board and advisory group on the work in all of the UCEDD’s priority areas. The Institute has supported the self-advocacy movement in Missouri since its inception. It is home to a statewide parent-matching network and supports parent advocacy groups. The UMKC Institute for Human Development and its director Dr. Carl Calkins bring a very bright light to the consumer voice in the UCEDDs and at AUCD.

The driving force for this well-deserved recognition also comes from individuals throughout the AUCD network who have worked with Dr. Calkins and his staff over the years to enhance consumer input throughout the nation’s UCEDD programs.

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Established in 1971, AUCD is a membership organization comprised of three national networks of interdisciplinary, university-based Centers dedicated to research, education, leadership training, policy development, and direct service for people with disabilities.

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