Statewide disability council seeks nominees for advocacy and leadership awards

Press release from the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities:

Nominations for the 2022 North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities’ (NCCDD) Advocacy and Leadership Awards are now open.

The awards honor the significant contributions made by advocates throughout the state who are actively working to change attitudes and support greater choices and build a more inclusive North Carolina for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The Council seeks nominations from individuals and organizations across the state of North Carolina. The awards include:

• The North Carolina Leadership Achievement Award which recognizes an outstanding North Carolina self-advocate whose work has improved the quality of life for people with I/DD.
• The Jack B. Hefner Memorial Award that honors family members or volunteers who are advocating and building a better North Carolina for people with I/DD.
• The Helen C. “Holly” Riddle Distinguished Service Award recognizes professionals who have made lasting contributions towards improving opportunities, breaking down barriers and promoting increased quality of life for people with I/DD in North Carolina.

The nomination process is now open, and anyone can nominate or apply for an award through July 31, 2022. The winners will be announced on November 2, 2022 at the NCCDD Quarterly Meeting in Cary, NC.

To learn more and to apply, visit,

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