Every year, The Arc Lane County recognizes people and businesses in the community who generously give their time and talent to improve the quality of life for people who experience intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).
All award winners will be recognized at The Arc’s Annual Awards Banquet to be held on Thursday, March 12. Please help us honor the wonderful people who are making valuable contributions in our community.
Direct Service Provider Award – Recognizes an exceptional individual who provides direct support to a person or group of people who experience an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD). This may include classroom assistants or direct care staff in vocational, residential, or recreational programs.
Good Neighbor Award – Recognizes a business or agency in the community that performed an exceptional service on behalf of an individual or group of people who experience I/DD and their families.
Visionary Employer Award – Recognizes a business, agency, or organization that has recently changed its workplace demographic by hiring an employee who experiences a disability.
Partners in Business Award – Recognizes a business, agency, or organization that has employed a person who experiences I/DD for more than a year.
Exceptional Employer Award – Recognizes a business, agency, or organization that has hired multiple people who experience disabilities. This award is given to an employer who has made valuable efforts in bringing people who experience I/DD into an integrated, community employment environment.
Self-Determination Award – Recognizes an individual who experiences I/DD for either his/her personal achievement or his/her help in inspiring others.
Volunteer of the Year Award – Recognizes an individual who generously gives his/her time and talent to benefit people who experience I/DD. This award is given to a volunteer who made a significant contribution to the welfare of people with I/DD and/or to The Arc Lane County. (This must be a volunteer and not a professional in the disability field.)
Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award – Recognizes an individual teacher for outstanding and exemplary skills in educating infants, toddlers, or preschool-age children who experience I/DD
Teacher of the Year Award – Recognizes an individual teacher for outstanding and exemplary skills in educating students who experience I/DD. This may be a general education teacher or a special education teacher in a K-12 classroom.
Lisl Waechter Award – Named after Lisl Waechter, who founded The Arc Lane County, this prestigious award honors an exceptional volunteer or professional who has devoted his/her life to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. This may include service providers, teachers, legislators, vocational counselors, parents, or people who experience disabilities – anyone who has made a significant contribution while working in the disability field.
To submit a nomination, please complete the online nomination form and attach a letter explaining why you feel the nominee deserves to be recognized. See a complete list of award categories. The nomination should also include three letters of support from other members of the community. Letters of support may also be emailed to The Arc Lane County.
Nominations will be accepted for an individual or business in Lane County who has made extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of people who experience I/DD. Individuals do not have to be involved with The Arc Lane County to be nominated. Please nominate someone deserving of special recognition.
All nominations must be received by Friday, February 7, 2020.