2008 Council on Community Advocacy Award
November 12, 2008
Center for Disability Resources, University of South Carolina School of Medicine awarded 2008 Council on Community Advocacy Award
|From left to right:
Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, Director, Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware
Richard Ferrante, PhD, UCEDD Director, Center for Disability Resources, University of South Carolina
Karen Irick, Center for Disability Resources, University of South Carolina
William Kiernan, PhD, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts
The Center for Disability Resources, University of South Carolina School of Medicine received the 2008 Council on Community Advocacy Award 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).
Wrote their nominator, "The Council on Community Advocacy honors and recognizes the Center for Disability Resources' for its highly engaged Council on Consumer Affairs in guiding the direction of the UCEDD's activities and projects. The UCEDD demonstrates its commitment in supporting and encouraging a strong council through the allocation of the director's and staff time, honorariums, travel scholarships, and opportunities to continue to develop self-confidence and leadership skills. The South Carolina Council on Consumer Affairs is most appreciated by the faculty and staff of the Center for Disability Resources."
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.