2012 International Award

December 11, 2012

Tamar Heller with AUCD President Tony Antosh and President-Elect Julie Fodor
Tamar Heller with AUCD President Tony Antosh and President-Elect Julie Fodor

The AUCD International Award is presented to recognize outstanding contributions that further programs or policies designed to create more inclusive communities for people with disabilities and their families throughout the world.

Tamar Heller, PhD

Institute of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago. 

In Recognition of Your Outstanding International Contributions that have Improved the Lives of People with Disabilities and their Families


Tamar has a lengthy history of international service including chair and Board liaison to the AUCD International Committee, IASSID Fellow, the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award nominee from IASSID, Fellow of the Institute of Counseling and Personal Development in Northern Ireland as well as extensive publications on topics of aging and development disabilities in national and international journals. Most notably, Tamar developed and promoted the Toronto Declaration on Bridging Knowledge, Policy, and Practice in Aging and Disability as one of the international authors of this Declaration. Her reputation as an international expert on aging and disability and her life-long advocacy on behalf of the aging and disability communities contributed to the depth and pragmatism of this Declaration. Tamar's scholarship and advocacy for international collaboration have produced countless positive outcomes.

Accepting Award