2008 Young Professional Award
November 12, 2008
Melissa Bellin awarded 2007 Young Professional Award
|From left to right:
Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, Director, Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware
Melissa Bellin, PhD, of the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University
William Kiernan, PhD, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Melissa Bellin, PhD, of the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University recieved the 2008 Young Professional Award at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting and Conference.
The award is presented to professionals in the disabilities field under the age of 40 years who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to people with developmental disabilities and their families through their work as a bridge between the academic sector and the community.
Wrote her nominator, "She is a rising star in the field of disabilities and family-centered care as reflected by her research, scholarship, teaching, and service. Mel "walks the talk." She embraces people, ideas, and challenges, and she is passionate about her work. It is easy to imaging voting for Mel in the future for AUCD President or other honors."
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.