The Viscardi Center Announces Call for Nominations to Honor Distinguished Leaders of the Disability Community; 2nd Annual Awards Pay Tribute to Influential Individuals with Disabilities

The Viscardi Center Announces Call for Nominations to Honor Distinguished Leaders of the Disability Community; 2nd Annual Awards Pay Tribute to Influential Individuals with Disabilities


SenatorRobert Dole and the Honorable Luis Gallegos to Co-ChairSelectionCommittee Seeking Contemporary Leaders

October 28, 2013 The Viscardi Center today issued a “Call for Nominations” for the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which pay tribute toexemplary leaders in the disability communitywho have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awarenessand improvingthe quality of life of people with disabilities. The Award recipients will be announced 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.

“People with disabilities are an integral fabric in our communities in the United States and around the world. We range from leading thinkers and innovators to every day citizens,” said John D.Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “Despite our significant contributions, people with disabilities continue to face considerable barriers. Our Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are designed to recognize the tireless efforts being made on a daily basis to better integrate people with disabilities into everyday life and allow every person to achieve to their fullest potential.”

Individualsof any age, with any type of disability, are eligible.The Awards will recognize individual, academia, athletic, community, government, nonprofit, military, corporate, and business leaders who are working to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The Selection Committee, co-chaired by former U.S. Senator RobertDole and theHonorable Luis Gallegos,Permanent Representative ofEcuador to the United Nations in Geneva, also includesRohini 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,daughter of Dr. HenryViscardi, Jr.

Additional information, as well as nomination submission instructions,may be found online atwww.viscardiawards.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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