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The year 2020 brings new hope and beginnings for our profession and the people we serve.
This is also is the start of a new decade which gives us new energy to make progress and achieve goals.
The Vocational Rehabilitation program will celebrate its 100th year of existence in 2020.
“Those 100 years of experience bring a responsibility of leadership on issues that impact the ability of individuals with disabilities to be employed and live independently,” Schultz said. “In order for states to be innovative and creative as they seek to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, RSA will continue to support states in the work they are leading, provide flexibility within the constructs of the law, and partner with all those who have a stake in improving employment outcomes and raising expectations for individuals with disabilities.
Mark Allan Schultz (RSA Commissioner)
The National Rehabilitation Association has a great conference planned on September 9-13, 2020 in Birmingham, Alabama with many quality speakers and training. This will also include displays and historical documents from our archives that commemorate the 100-year anniversary of our profession.
During the conference we like to honor those in our field that provide exceptional service and dedication. We do this by presenting the following awards that cover the various services that are so critical to making progress in changing lives for the better.
I am also happy to answer any questions or help you with your submissions at [email protected] or 801-842-6452.
Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing you in Alabama!
Paul J. Barnes, 2020 National Rehabilitation Association Awards Committee Chair
W. F. Faulkes Award
Graduate Literary Award
Yvonne Johnson National Leadership Award
Presented annually to an individual who is highly committed to issues concerning people with disabilities and to the professionals who serve them. This award was established in 2001 to honor an NRA Past President, a very special person who will always be remembered.
Sylvia Walker National Multicultural Award
The Sylvia Walker Award is named after a professor, researcher and director of the first federal Research and Training Center (RTC) focused on minority issues and disability, who served as a longtime advocate for multicultural issues in rehabilitation. Established in 2004, the award is intended to (a) honor/recognize a NRA member/group or organization in addressing multicultural issues at the local regional or national level, (b) maintain, and stimulate the Association’s (NRA) focus on diversity and multiculturalism as a part of society.
Is the nominee a member of a local, state, regional or national chapter or division of the NRA? How does the nominee demonstrate leadership in advancing multicultural issues within his or her sphere of influence? Provide examples of how the nominee addresses multicultural issues and how their efforts have had a positive impact on service planning and/or delivery. Explain how the nominee’s actions enhance the profession and/or organization.
These awards were created to honor an employer (national, regional and/or local) which has demonstrated exemplary achievement in the recruitment, hiring and retention of persons with disabilities throughout all levels within the company. There will be an award for a Large Employer (100+ employees) and one for a Small Employer (under 100 employees).
The Roger Carter Award of Excellence for a Large Employer