2015 AUCD Gold Star Award

Jennifer Debes

November 17, 2015

Jennifer accepts the award
Jennifer accepts the award

The AUCD Gold Star Award is presented to a Capitol Hill staffer who exemplifies a true partnership in crafting strong public policy. This award recognizes the staffer for his/her efforts to obtain input from AUCD and the greater disability community to support AUCD's mission to advance policy and practice for and with people living with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

Jennifer Debes

Legislative Director
Office of Representative Ander Crenshaw, (R-FL)

In Recognition of Your Commitment to Strong Public Policy for
People with Disabilities and their Families

"Jennifer Debes is awarded the Gold Star for her professional and personal efforts to develop and pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act with input from AUCD and the greater disability community. Jennifer, a graduate of Colorado State University, is the Legislative Director for Congressman Crenshaw, the lead sponsor of the ABLE Act in the House of Representatives. The ABLE Act, originally introduced in the 113th Congress, was not easy to get through this Congress. Jennifer helped to build a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress and advocates that ultimately led to success."


Michelle, Jennifer, Kima

AUCD Board Member Michelle Schladant (FL),
Award Recipient Jennifer Debes, 
AUCD Legislative Director Kim Musheno