2013 Anne Rudigier Award

December 343, 2013

Ashley Candalaria (center) with HDI Director Harold Kleinert (R) and AUCD President Julie Fodor (L)
Ashley Candalaria (center) with HDI Director Harold Kleinert (R) and AUCD President Julie Fodor (L)

This award is named for Anne Rudigier, a young woman who demonstrated that one individual's commitment, energy, love of life, and respect for all people can be shared and can persevere through others. The Award is presented by the Rudigier Family in loving memory of their daughter Anne and of the values she held in her life and in her work.

Ashley Candelaria, MS
Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

In Recognition of Your Commitment, Leadership, and Potential

"To say that Ashley's experiences within HDI have been diverse would be an understatement. To say that she has risen to every challenge and seen it as an opportunity to better her understanding of the field would be more accurate. She is passionate about her commitment to people with developmental disabilities, particularly through her staunch efforts for inclusive supports. Her leadership, even as a student, exemplifies what the Anne Rudigier Award is all about, and at the same time reminds us of why it carries such significance for our national network."