The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities has issued a call for nominations for its prestigious Hefner Award, an honor presented to an outstanding state resident who has a record of accomplishment in promoting a great quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nominations for the NCCDD award, open to individuals with disabilities or family members, will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 1.
The award honors Jack B. Hefner, who served the Council for 22 years until his death in 1994, and is the highest recognition given by the Council to those who work to better the life experiences of people with developmental disabilities. “’Big Jack’ inspired a generation of advocates to do whatever they could to enhance the lives of North Carolinians with disabilities,” said Holly Riddle, the Council’s executive director. “This award is intended to keep his legacy alive and to honor the families and self-advocates who followed his example.”
The 2012 Hefner Award will be presented at the NCCDD’s annual meeting in November in Asheville.
Nomination forms and more information can be obtained by going to the Council website at nccdd.org or by contacting Cora Gibson at the Council office at 919-850-2901. Completed forms need to be mailed to the NCCDD office at 3125 Poplarwood Court, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27604 and postmarked by Oct. 1, or faxed to 919-850-2915 by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1.
The 40-member North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities was established in 1973 and seeks to support effective, innovative initiatives that improve the lives and promote community inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Council awards grants to grass roots advocacy groups, government agencies, disability nonprofits and other community organizations.