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CAPED Convention 2017 – Awards Nominations

Following are the seven CAPED awards for which the general membership may nominate potential awardees:

DEADLINE is SEPTEMBER 14th, 2017

Lanterman Award

CAPED’s highest honor, it recognizes an outstanding individual who is distinguished by their especially significant contribution to the well-being of persons with disabilities, through legislation or advocacy.

This award is named after Assembly Member Frank Lanterman. He served in the California state legislature from 1950 to 1978, and was the greatest legislative advocate for people with disabilities during that period. He authored legislation that established services for people with developmental disabilities, the state developmental centers, and the regional centers. He also authored AB 77 in 1976, which set standards for services to students with disabilities in public postsecondary education in California, and which also established funding for the community college program now known as the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS).

Nominees for the Lanterman Award should have distinguished themselves as longtime advocates for people with disabilities at the state or national level. This award is only given in those years when someone is nominated who meets the standard of receiving CAPED’s highest award.

Darrell Steinberg Award

This award recognizes state legislators who have shown longstanding support through legislation or advocacy benefitting students with disabilities in postsecondary education.

This award is named after former Assembly Member and Senator Darrell Steinberg. He served in the California state legislature first in the Assembly from 1998 to 2004 and then in the Senate from 2004 to 2014. He rose to be the President pro Tempore of the Senate and leader of the majority party from 2008 to 2014. He also was a Sacramento City Councilmember from 1992 to 1998.

Throughout his public service career, he was the leading legislative advocate for people with disabilities in California. He authored AB 422, the first state law in the nation requiring publishers of instructional materials to provide accessible versions of those materials for students with disabilities. He was the author and main force behind Proposition 63-The Mental Health Services Act, which increased mental health services to people in California. He also authored laws in the areas of mental health, K-12 education, foster care, worker safety, and others. As a city councilmember he fought for funding to install curb cuts throughout Sacramento, and voted against a city lawsuit filed against a non-profit providing services to the homeless population. His disability advocacy goes all the way back to defending the rights of fellow students in law school.

And, in his last two years in the Senate he pushed for full restoration of severe funding cuts in disability services in the community college system. Full funding was restored after his personal intercession with the Governor during the budget process.
Given his longstanding and unprecedented support for students with disabilities, Senator Steinberg was the inaugural recipient of the Darrell Steinberg Award in 2014.

Nominations may come from CAPED members, and will be chosen by the Awards subcommittee.

This award is only given in those years when someone is nominated who meets the standard of receiving this award. It typically is not awarded annually.

CAPED Professional Recognition Award

This award recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution on the part of a CAPED member to the field of education for students with disabilities. This award may recognize either regional or state-level contribution.

Nominations may come from CAPED members, and will be chosen by the Awards subcommittee.

This award is only given when someone is nominated who meets the standard of receiving this award. It typically is awarded annually.

CAPED Community Recognition Award (formerly named the CAPED Recognition Award)

This award recognizes outstanding contribution by individuals or groups outside of the CAPED membership that directly or indirectly benefits the Association. This award may recognize either regional or state-level contribution.

Nominations may come from CAPED members, and will be chosen by the Awards subcommittee.

This award is only given when an individual or group is nominated who meets the standard of receiving this award. It typically is awarded annually.

CAPED Student of the Year Award

This award recognizes a student who has made a significant difference to life on campus for students with disabilities through involvement or as an advocate. This award may recognize local, regional, or state-level advocacy.

Nominations may come from CAPED members, and will be chosen by the Awards subcommittee.

This award is only given when someone is nominated who meets the standard of receiving this award. It typically is awarded annually.

CAPED Teacher of the Year Award

This award recognizes an outstanding instructor or teacher (outside DSS/DSPS) who recognizes their responsibility for the education of all learners and has made extraordinary efforts to meet the needs of learners with disabilities in the classroom through the use of innovative instructional techniques and accommodations. This award may recognize local, regional, or state-level support.

Nominations may come from CAPED members, and will be chosen by the Awards subcommittee.

This award is only given when someone is nominated who meets the standard of receiving this award. It typically is awarded annually.

CAPED Administrator of the Year Award

This award recognizes an outstanding administrator who acknowledges the university/college’s responsibility for the education of all learners and who has consistently supported the disability services office as a vital program to the success of students. This award may recognize local, regional, or state-level support.

Nominations may come from CAPED members, and will be chosen by the Awards subcommittee.

This award is only given when someone is nominated who meets the standard of receiving this award. It typically is awarded annually.

Please send your nominations for these awards via email no later than September 14th, 2017.

In your nominations, state:

1. The award for which you are nominating this person;
2. The name of the person you are nominating;
3. Their job title/position, if appropriate;
4. A detailed statement of the nominee’s accomplishments and why you feel this person is a worthy recipient of this particular award;
5. Your name and position, if appropriate;
6. Your contact information (email and phone);
7. The nominees contact information (email and phone).

Send your nomination email to Scott Brown, Elections and Awards Committee Chair at scott.brown@rcc.edu

If you have questions, either email Scott at scott.brown@rcc.edu or call 951-313-5763.