The Viscardi Center announced an official call for nominations for the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which recognize exemplary leaders with disabilities from around the world. Recipients will be honored during a special ceremony in New York City on December 1.
The Henry Viscardi Achievements Awards were established to commemorate the vision of the Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who himself wore prosthetic legs. As a premier disability advocate, he served as an advisor to eight presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter, and implemented groundbreaking employment and education programs for people with disabilities.
First bestowed in 2013, these international awards celebrate those in the disability community who, through the example of their professional accomplishments and advocacy efforts, are continuing Dr. Viscardi’s legacy by reshaping societal perceptions and eliminating barriers. Past recipients were individuals with a wide range of disabilities from distinguished backgrounds in academia, healthcare, government, non-profit, and corporate sectors.