2010 International Service Award

November 2, 2010

David Morrissey accepts the 2010 AUCD International Service Award on behalf of Barbara LeRoy
David Morrissey accepts the 2010 AUCD International Service Award on behalf of Barbara LeRoy

Barbara LeRoy, PhD, awarded 2010 AUCD International Service Award

Barbara LeRoy, PhD, of the Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University, received the 2010 International Service Award today at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference.  Barbara was unable to attend the ceremony; David Morrissey, MPS, Executive Director of the US International Council on Disabilities, accepted the award on her behalf.  This is the first year the award was given.

This award is presented to an individual or group of the Association or other organization 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.

From the presentation ceremony:

"Barbara has worked not only through AUCD but also been active with sister organizations pursuing this goal. In this new more contentious world order, it is time that this work becomes recognized both for what it has already achieved as well as a stimulus for us to look for new opportunities for international partnerships supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities.

Barbara spent several years as Board Secretary to the United States International Council on Disability, a council uniquely positioned to serve as the conduit of information about worldwide disability issues for individuals and organizations in this country as well as from this country to the world. Barbara was recently appointed as an Ex-Officio member of the International Advisory Board overseeing the development of a Global Disability Rights Library. This project was inspired by a growing international movement toward increased disability rights, including the U.N. sponsored Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Global Disability Rights Library seeks to build a bridge between global information sources and disability advocates and policy makers in order to encourage the availability and use of information. Barbara has presented several international keynotes including an appearance at ACCESS Abu Dhabi. In addition to her responsibilities as director of the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit Barbara is a disability consultant to the Ministries of Education in New Zealand, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Congratulations, Barbara."



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.