The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established to honor those who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.
The Hall of Fame’s namesake, Susan M. Daniels, devoted her life to improving the lives of others with disabilities. As a person with a disability who achieved enormous professional and personal success, she had significant impact as a senior policy maker, as an inspirational speaker and teacher, and as a devoted mentor to hundreds of individuals.
In 2015, the National Disability Mentoring Coalition named 25 outstanding leaders as the first inductees into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame – 25 champions marking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These inductees were selected for their demonstrated commitment to mentoring and for their impact on improving the lives of people with disabilities.
The public has been invited to nominate individuals and organizations for the Hall of Fame every year. A total of 85 individuals and 13 organizations have been inducted to date. You can find the full list of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 honorees on their respective pages.
Please visit the Class of 2019 to learn about 32 individuals and one organization, all publicly nominated for their excellence in mentoring and disability inclusion. Also, be sure to check out Crip Words of Advice to the Younger Generation by Maria R. Palacios. Maria read the poem on January 17, 2020 as part of the Class of 2019 Induction Ceremony.