PEAL Inclusion Awardees 2019

This event is an opportunity to recognize the work of deserving people and organizations who have contributed to building inclusive schools and communities where all children, teens and young adults lead rich active, person-centered lives. Below are the awardees and quotes from their nominations that emphasis their role in inclusion.

Categories of Recognition:

1. Education: Administrator, teacher, or other school personnel who actively promotes inclusive education for all

Dr. Tricia Shelton

Professor at Indiana University of PA, former early childhood teacher, author, and parent

2. Employment: Employers who provide inclusive competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Joyce Bender

Founder, President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, who provides disability employment expertise across the country

3. Community Accessibility: Individual who promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment in all areas of community life for people with disabilities and their families

Jennifer Jordan

Founder of Unabridged Press, All Abilities Media project Look Who’s Here!

4. Arts & Recreation: Organizations who demonstrate a commitment to inclusive
participation of all children, teens, and young adults in activities and events

Lisa Luciani

Head swim coach for the summer swim team in the Schuylkill Valley Aquatic League

5. Youth Leadership- Individuals: A young person, ages 18-26, who demonstrates leadership for inclusion

Joshua Habecker

A young man who changed the trajectory of inclusion at his school

6. Youth Leadership- Organization: An organization who promotes leadership development for inclusion for teens and young adults

Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy

A grassroots self-advocacy organization that empowers, educates, and celebrates neurodiversity

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