START Announcement 2.24.2017
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The Center for START Services
Announcing the 2017 William I. Gardner Award Recipient
The William I. Gardner Award is START’s highest honor, recognizing a professional who has made significant contributions in the effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. The recipient exemplifies the START mission of increasing expertise in the system.

The Center for START Services is pleased to announce Deborah Dorfman, JD as the 2017 William I Gardner Award recipient. Deborah has successfully advocated for the civil rights of children and adults with disabilities over the past 25 years. Her efforts have promoted positive change throughout the United States.

This award will be presented at the 2017 START National Training Institute Awards Dinner on Monday, May 1, 2017 in Rye Brook, NY.
Deborah Dorfman, JDAttorney Deborah Dorfman

Deborah is a senior attorney at the Center for Public Representation, a non-profit public interest law firm providing mental health law and disability law services. She has over 24 years of experience in the area of disability law and has has litigated numerous class actions and other systemic reform cases on behalf of individuals with disabilities involving deinstitutionalization, access to community-based services, abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, jails, and special education, among others.

In addition to litigating, Deborah provides consultation to disability rights advocates and legal service agencies across the country. She also supports individuals with disabilities and their families by providing information, referral, and technical assistance on a wide range of legal issues including: special education, school discipline, landlord-tenant rights, juvenile justice, civil commitment, right to refuse psychiatric medications, community integration, and other issues.
Dr. William I. Gardner
START developed this National START Award in honor of the late Dr. William I. Gardner, a beloved  mentor, friend, and member of the START National Training Team who passed away in 2014. William "Bill" Gardner contributed prolifically to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is well known for developing a multimodal diagnostic assessment model as well as diagnostically-based treatments in IDD, and his work has been internationally accepted and is considered the "gold standard" of assessment and treatment practices. During his professional career, Dr. Gardner delivered over 200 professional presentations and seminars/workshops throughout the US and Europe, authored over 140 publications, including several textbooks that are still referenced today, and served on several boards and panels, most recently as an expert in legal actions filed by the Civil Rights Division of the US Dept. of Justice.
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The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire