Former U.S. Senator Robert Dole & the Honorable Luis Gallegos Issue Joint Statement on the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

Former U.S. Senator Robert Dole & theHonorable Luis Gallegos


Issue Joint Statement on the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

Selection Committee Co-Chairs encourage individuals with disabilities to nominate leaders who have had a profound impact

on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities

November 11, 2013 The Viscardi Center today announced that former U.S. Senator Robert Dole, and the Honorable Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative ofEcuador to the United Nations in Geneva, issued a joint statement on the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. The respected disability rights leaders serve as Co-Chairs of the 2nd Annual Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards Selection Committee, which will announce the Award recipients on Monday, May 5, 2014.

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards were developed to honor the legacyand vision of the New York-based Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr.,who himself wore prosthetic legs. Asone of the world’s leadingadvocates for peoplewith disabilities, he served as a disability advisor to eight presidents, fromFranklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter.

“The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards represent an important time during the year when we pay tribute to leaders with disabilities who are making a meaningful impact in the lives of people with disabilities,” said Robert Dole, former U.S. Senator from Kansas and Co-Chair of the Henry Viscardi Achievement Award Selection Committee. “As a veteran, I would especially like to encourage nominations of individuals who have made a profound impact on the lives of men and women with service connected disabilities as they re-integrate into civilian life.”

Individualsof any age, with any type of disability, are eligible.

The Honorable Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative ofEcuador to the United Nations in Geneva, stated, “The United Nations has already sent a strong message with its endorsement of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, so now it is time for individuals with disabilities to send a strong message that their contributions to society here in the United States, and abroad, are improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.”

Also serving on the Selection Committee isRohini Anand,Senior Vice Presidentand Global Chief Diversity Officer atSodexo,Rosangela Berman Bieler,Senior Adviser onChildren with Disabilities atUNICEF(2013 Henry ViscardiAchievement Award recipient),Cari Dominguez,former Chair of theU. S. Equal EmploymentOpportunity Commission,Sherwood D. Goldberg,Esq. (Col. Ret),Senior Advisor for AsianAffairs at theCenter for NavalAnalysis,Hiro Itoh,President & CEO ofAbilities of Japan,Axel Leblois,President & CEO ofthe Global Initiativefor Inclusive ICTS (G3ict),Patrick Rummerfield,Director-PatientLiaisons at theInternational Center forSpinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute(2013 Henry ViscardiAchievement Award recipient),James Sinocchi,Director, WorkforceCommunications atIBM, andNina Viscardi,Special Art Educator/Art Therapist and daughter of Dr. HenryViscardi, Jr..

Additional information, as well as nomination submission instructions,may be found online atviscardiawards.org.Nominations will be accepted until February 28, 2014.

The Viscardi Center providesPre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services,vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology andworkforce diversification assistance tochildren, adolescents, and adults withdisabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs more than 300professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology.Learn more atviscardicenter.org.

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