Austin, TX (October 1, 2015) – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Disability Mentoring Coalition has named 25 outstanding leaders as the first inductees into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. Selection criteria included the individual’s demonstrated commitment to mentoring and the impact of his/her contributions on improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Awardees were announced at the 2015 USBLN 18th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo on September 28, 2015. They are:
- Carl Augusto, American Foundation for the Blind
- Kirk Bauer, Disabled Sports USA
- Joyce Bender, Bender Consulting
- Marca Bristo, Access Living
- Jason Bryn, BAE Systems, Inc.
- Kelly Buckland, National Council on Independent Living
- Tony Coelho, Advocate
- Rebecca Cokley, National Council on Disability
- Dan Ellerman, Northrop Grumman
- Lex Frieden, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Judith Heumann, U.S. Department of State
- Andrew Imparato, Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD)
- I. King Jordan, Advocate
- John Kemp, Viscardi Center
- Kathy Martinez, Wells Fargo
- Tatyana McFadden, Athlete and Author
- Oswald Mondejar, Partners Continuing Care, Inc.
- Alan Muir, Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)
- Ari Ne’eman, Autistic Self Advocacy Network
- Jason Olsen, Federal Employees with Disabilities (FEDS)
- Treva Roanhorse, Navajo Nation Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) with the Department of Diné Education
- Harilyn Rousso, Disability Activist, Feminist, Writer, and Painter
- Katherine Seelman, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
- Jennifer Sheehy, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), US Department of Labor
- Susan Sygall, Mobility International USA
Background information on the inductees is posted online at: www.disabilitymentors.org.
The founding sponsors for the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame are the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (www.meaf.org) and PolicyWorks, Inc. (www.disabilitypoclicyworks.org).
About the National Disability Mentoring Coalition: The mission of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) is to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Member organizations share core values and align with the Coalition’s objectives to streamline communication, standardize and systematize data collection, reduce duplication of efforts, increase mentoring opportunities, and improve outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. Members include: American Association of People with Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Broad Futures, Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, D.C. Public Schools, Easter Seals, Institute for Educational Leadership, Keep the Music Playing, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, MENTOR: The National Partnership, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, National Council on Independent Living, Partners for Youth with Disabilities, PolicyWorks, Inc., The Viscardi Center, and United States Business Leadership Network. Learn more about the NDMC and its Members at: www.disabilitymentors.org.
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