Steve Larson, Senior Policy Director for The Arc Minnesota, recently retired after 15 years in that position. During his last two months on the job, he received several awards. The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award. He received an award for his commitment to expand access to and improve consumer-directed services at the National Applied Self-Direction Conference. Additionally, he received a certificate of appreciation from Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Human Services for “for his dedication to improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families throughout a lifetime of service and advocacy.”
Jessica Oppenheim, Esq., Director of the Criminal Justice Advocacy Program at The Arc New Jersey, was honored last month by the Middlesex County Bar Association. She received the Criminal Trial Practice Award at their 12th Annual Practice Area Awards Dinner.
Betty Williams, Consumer Education and Training Coordinator for The Arc of Indiana, has been reappointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The Committee provides advice to the President and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning a broad range of topics relating to people with I/DD. Williams was also recently honored by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) with the NACDD Champions of Equal Opportunity Award. The award is given to an individual who shares and promotes NACDD’s values of self- determination, independence, productivity, and inclusion. Williams was a member of the Indiana Developmental Disabilities Commission from 1998-2013 and has been an active member in Indiana’s self-advocacy movement since its founding in 1990. She served as President of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered from 2010 to 2012 and as President of Self Advocates of Indiana from 2005 to 2010.