Every organization deserves time for celebration: a moment to set aside for reflection and thanks, and a chance to honor outstanding achievements. We do this each year through The Arc Maryland Awards Program.
The Arc Maryland Awards Program is designed to recognize those individuals, groups, communities and local chapters of The Arc whose contribution in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities represents meritorious service or achievement and warrants special statewide recognition.
Nominations will be open soon for The Annual Arc Maryland Awards, honoring advocates, employees, volunteers, educators and more! If you know people who deserve this recognition, please nominate them today. Click here for the Awards Nomination Packet, which has full descriptions of all 15 awards.
We will recognize award winners at The Arc Maryland State Convention on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Turf Valley Resort. Registration will open soon, so please save the date. We hope to see you there!
For more information, contact The Arc Maryland at 410-571-9320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Award Winners
The President’s Cup is chosen by the State President of The Arc. It must honor someone who has contributed to the mission and vision of The Arc by providing exceptional commitment to improve the quality of life of the people we represent
Richard Dean and Annette Hinkle, The Arc Maryland
This award is presented on those occasions where the individual’s lifetime work leaves a legacy for the future and mission of The Arc.
Brian Cox, Maryland Developmental Disabilties Council
Nancy Pineles, Disabilty Rights Maryland
Outstanding Advocate of the Year
This award is presented for advocacy leadership on behalf of persons with I/DD and their families, including systemic change, legal advocacy and professional endeavors that increase the rights of persons with I/DD to inclusive lives.
Crystal Haislip, The Arc Southern Maryland
Outstanding Advocate of the Year
This award is presented to a private employer, business or firm with an exceptional record and ongoing commitment to provide competitive employment opportunities where people with I/DD are paid market wages and benefits.
The University of Maryland Medical Center
The University of Maryland Baltimore
Stanley S. Sidle/William Ohge Jr. Memorial Citizenship Award
This award honors an individual with intellectual/developmental disabilities for outstanding participation in or contribution to the community, including community leadership, contribution to his/her community and/or elf-advocacy. This award carries a $100.00 stipend provided by the Stanley S. Sidle Memorial Fund of The Arc Baltimore.
Joshua Smith, Pathfinders for Autism
Professional of the Year
This award recognizes an executive or manager employed in a non-Arc community service program or professional endeavor of direct relevance to intellectual/developmental disabilities who has demonstrated sensitivity and the ability to provide outstanding quality which results in increased independence and inclusive lives for people with I/DD. The recipient may demonstrate excellence in any of the following areas: residential supports, family support, individual supports, employment supports, behavior intervention or prevention. Staff of The Arc at any level are not eligible.
The Arc Outstanding Employee of the Year: Administration/Program Management
This award is presented to The Arc employee in Administration/ Program Management at the state or local level who has made the greatest contribution to his/her organization and the mission of The Arc through both personal and professional efforts. This award recognizes the vital role of Arc employees in complementing volunteer efforts.
Deborah Mark, The Arc Montgomery County
The Lorraine Sheehan/Bernard A. Gould Award for Volunteer Governmental Affairs Service
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service in governmental affairs in one or more of the Association’s priority goals. This award will be conferred at such times as the Awards Committee feels warranted to only those candidates whose contributions have been exceptional.
Joe & Judy Pauley
School Inclusion Award
This award recognizes a school, teacher, educator, administrator, support personnel, or other education professional who has demonstrated excellence in providing quality inclusive educational opportunities for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities, reflective of The Arc position on education and inclusion of students with developmental disabilities. This may include early education, secondary education and higher education.
Nina Metz, Eastern Elementary School, Washington County
Lindsey Ritter & Diane Rogers, Laurel Woods Elementary School, Howard County
Media Excellence Award
This award honors outstanding media efforts that create better understanding of intellectual/developmental disabilities and individuals with I/DD. The award recognizes public media stories, reports and programs in television, radio, newspapers and magazines. Copies of the product must be submitted. The media effort(s) must have been broadcast or published during the last 12-month period.
Nathan Rhodes, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
Certificate of Appreciation for Meritorious Service
This award conveys official appreciation from the Association to an individual(s) and organization that has made a significant contribution or achievement in the field of developmental disabilities on a voluntary or employed basis. The activity should reflect one of the priority goals of The Arc Maryland and its mission. Up to three certificates will be awarded. (Additional awards may be presented if warranted by extraordinary circumstances.)
Karen Leggett Abouraya, The Arc Montgomery County
Outstanding Employee of the Year: Gilbert John Zucchi Direct Support Professional Award
This award is presented to a staff person of The Arc engaged in direct supports to people with I/DD who exemplifies the qualities of Gil Zucchi: superior moral strength and integrity, devotion to individuals with developmental disabilities beyond the call of duty, warm personal relationships, respect, thoughtfulness and fairness in relationships with persons with developmental disabilities. This employee in Direct Care and Support has made the greatest contribution to his/her organization and the mission of The Arc through both personal and professional efforts. In 2019, a DSP from each local chapter of The Arc in Maryland was awarded.