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January 31, 2020
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Announcing the 2020 William I. Gardner Award Recipient
The William I. Gardner Award is the Center for START Services’ highest honor, recognizing a national leader who has made a significant contribution to improve the lives of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
 
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Gardner Award recipient is Liz Weintraub, in recognition of her steadfast leadership and advocacy for inclusive disability policies and practices, modeling the way for many. 
The William I. Gardner Award will be presented to Liz at the 2020 SNTI on Tuesday May 5th in Austin, Texas during the START Awards Luncheon.

Liz Weintraub
AUCD Senior Advocacy Specialist


Liz Weintraub has a long history of leadership in self advocacy, and has held many board and advisory positions at state and national organizations. She is a full time member of the AUCD's policy team and also the host of Tuesdays With Liz: Disability Policy For All, where she attempts to make policies in accessible language so policy is accessible to all.

In the Spring of 2018, Liz served as a Fellow for Senator Casey of Pennsylvania, working in his DC Office where she helped lead the way on disability policy by helping the Senator hold the administration accountable for disability stakeholder input into key programs; calling attention to the need for accessible supports and services for students and employees with disabilities on college campuses who have been sexually assaulted, which resulted in a S.2530; and helped organize a first of its kind Pennsylvania Disability Employment Summit with over 250 participants. Said Senator Casey, "Liz has shown the Senate how important it is to have staff members who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. She's helped reshape the culture of the Senate."

In the fall of 2018, Liz told the story of her personal experience as a woman with disabilities as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the potential implications of a Kavanaugh confirmation to the civil rights of people with disabilities. Read her submitted written testimony and watch her oral testimony on AUCD's website.

Prior to coming to AUCD, Liz worked for the Council on Quality & Leadership (CQL). She is an alumni of the LEND training program at the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University and was a past chair of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, which she is rejoining for another term. Liz has received numerous awards, recognition, and commendations for her work and she enjoys mentoring people with disabilities.
Thanks for reading and Happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

 
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