Arlington recognizing those who support people with disabilities

When:
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

What:
Awards program and proclamation ceremony establishing Including People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Month as March 2013.

Where:  
National Science Foundation Atrium
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA

Keynote Speaker:
Jay Fisette, Vice Chair, Arlington County Board

Awards Program

Community Outreach Award

  • Randall Brawley, Executive Director, CoolCats Special Hockey, Inc., has made ice hockey accessible to Arlington youth who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Stop by Kettler Ice Center at Ballston Common Mall on Sundays between 6 and 8 p.m. to watch the CoolCats Special Hockey Team practice, and you’ll see children learning ice hockey, but you’ll also see them learning physical fitness and social skills.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Jean James, Service Source/Central Fairfax works at Central Fairfax Services, a ServiceSource affiliate. She is being recognized for her hands-on approach with persons who attend the program. This involvement helps her understand abilities as well as needs, and in turn facilitates learning and growth. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 25 years.
  • Eileen Kemmerer Crawford (1960-2012), Parent Resource Center, Arlington Public Schools is being recognized posthumously for her contributions over 25 years in special education. She had been an Arlington Public Schools employee since the 1994. She worked as a speech pathologist, a special education teacher, and in the Parent Resource Center. Throughout her career she generously educated and supported other professionals and parents as well as students. 

Honoring Direct Support Providers

These individuals have provided exemplary service or care to Arlington residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities:

  • Justin Schwartz and Katarina Gathro are being recognized for the caring and personalized approaches they bring to their work with an Arlington family. Schwartz has worked with the family for three years; Gathro, for five years.
  • Benson Parker is being recognized for his work in an Arlington group home for the past nine years. He is described by his co-workers as unfailingly positive and respectful to group home residents, and as reliable and dependable. 
  • Terell Jones is being recognized for her work at an intermediate care facility in Arlington that is owned by Community Residences, Inc. She likes learning new things alongside the home’s residents, and is always cheerful with them and with her co-workers.
  • Kenny Smith and La Tonia Adams are being recognized for their work in a day support program operated by MVLE. They have demonstrated dedication to people they help and to their families, and creativity in individualizing environments and approaches. 
  • Devin Bowser, Elmetra Jackson, Garvyel Boze, Kaleigha Gray, Larrisha Leach, Sharon Reed, Wendell Drummond, and Wilmer Elbert, support persons who attend the Community Integration Center operated by ServiceSource in Arlington, are being recognized for their teamwork, sharing excitement and knowledge, and for putting people first.

About this annual event:

The most effective methods for improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental are public awareness, understanding and inclusion in the community. Arlington County is committed to empowering and supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve healthy self-determined lifestyles through community-based education, living arrangements, employment, and other individualized support services.

Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world -including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.

Media Contacts

Kurt Larrick
703-228-1775 (voice)