We want to hear from you about the change-makers in the policy arena! The Arc’s Catalyst Awards were created to recognize individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are catalysts for achievement in the lives of people with I/DD. Will you help us recognize the next advocacy powerhouse? In 2015 during the inaugural awards, the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (or ABLE) was awarded Public Policy Victory of the Year. In 2016, Patti Saylor won Community Advocate of the Year for her tireless and fearless advocacy at both state and federal levels of government after the death of her son, Ethan. In 2017, officials from both New York and Indiana wonPublic Policy Victory of the Year for their work increasing salaries for direct support professionals (DSPs).
This year’s categories include: Self-Advocate of the Year, Community Advocate of the Year, Local Government Advocate of the Year, State Government Advocate of the Year, Federal Government Advocate of the Year, Public Policy Victory of the Year (State or National), and Legal Advocate of the Year. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Deadline: June 8, 2018.