2016 IN-APSE AWARD WINNERS
This award recognizes an individual who has gained meaningful work through supported employment, who has contributed substantially to his/her employer's enterprise, and who has achieved a more empowered lifestyle as a result.
This Award is given to employers who demonstrate outstanding achievements in promoting supported employment, making accomodations, and including people with disabilities in their place of work.
This Award is designed to reward highly effective professionals who demonstrate trustworthiness, respectfulness, supportiveness, and innovation in their interactions with supported employees, as well as with their family members, employer, and their friends.
In George and Sharon’s spirit of advocacy and in remembrance of all who came before them and who will follow in their steps in promoting community employment for all individuals with disabilities the IN-APSE Board has established this annual award. We hope this award will help spread the word on employment advocacy efforts in our state and encourage others to get involved.
This award is given to organizations, advocacy groups, board of directors, employment programs, businesses, individuals, etc. for Innovative, creative funding arrangements, especially those that finance individualized long-term support. Creative use of natural supports to sustain long-term employment. Effective strategies for marketing supported employment service to employers. Innovative approaches to addressing work disincentives associated with potential loss or reduction of SSI/SSDI and medical benefits. Successful adaptations of supported employment approaches for different disability groups and under-represented populations. Innovative advocacy strategies.
Rebecca McDonald was a tireless advocate for supported employment and a dedicated friend and promoter of APSE. She was also one of the founding officer’s of APSE. She passed away in 1999. In her honor, this award recognizes a successful IN-APSE chapter leader who demonstrates the spirit of volunteerism and extraordinary commitment to the mission and vision of IN-APSE.