22nd Annual Tempe Mayor's Disability Awards Announced - The City of Tempe Commission On Disability Concerns, in partnership with Tempe Community Council, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Tempe Mayor's Disability Awards.
Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman will present awards to those in the community who have overcome significant barriers to succeed in the workplace; as well as businesses who support the full participation of people with disabilities in the workplace and all aspects of community life.
Tempe Community Council is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is connecting those in need with those who care. Tempe Community Council works in partnership with the City of Tempe and community organizations to serve as a planner, advocate, and resource to improve the funding and policies affecting human services in Tempe and the surrounding communities. 34 E. 7th St., Building A Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 858-2300 www.tempe.gov/tcc.
The following individuals will be honored at this year's event:
Outstanding Student Employees include: From McClintock High School: Ashley Hutts, Al Castillo and Anthony Soto; Emanuel Ford from Tempe High School; Kyle Christy and Jake Rinalo of Corona del Sol High School, and from Mountain Pointe High School: Logan Baker and Tyler Hubbard. The Tempe Diablo's will generously provide scholarships to all these extraordinary young people who have shown exceptional dedication and performance as part-time employees or volunteers while participating in the Workbridge program at their high school.
Valencia Grimes has been selected as the Outstanding Employee of the Year. Ms. Grimes is a sales associate for Duty Free Americas in Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. She works over 30 hours a week, despite a traumatic brain injury she sustained in a rollover car accident in 2008. Ms. Grimes is known for her excellent customer service skills, willingness to take initiative and outgoing personality. She is a graduate from Tempe High School and intends to return to Arizona State University to study nursing and psychology.
The Arizona Cardinals Football Club is being honored as Outstanding Employer of the Year. The staff of the Arizona Cardinals has demonstrated exemplary employee relations and willingness to provide accessible workstations and accommodations for their employees with disabilities.
Sun Sounds of Arizona and Tempe resident Ed Mitchell are both being awarded the Valued Community Service Award. Sun Sounds has been providing news reading and information access for those who can not use printed material for over 30 years; bringing the written word to life for many. In 2009 Ed Mitchell nearly single-handedly transformed the City of Tempe's disabled parking ordinance more effective, efficient and accessible.
Finally, the Pride of the City Award is being bestowed upon Dr. William (Bill) McMullen. Dr. McMullen is a mainstay in the Tempe community and has been a long-term supporter of The Centers for Habilitation (TCH) and the Cutty Legacy Foundation. Dr. McMullen has a daughter with a disability and Dr. McMullen supports her and others with disabilities by providing healthy interactions and education to the community. This awareness furthers the community's understanding and tolerance for all.
The mission of the Commission on Disability Concerns is to advocate disability issue awareness, equal access and full community integration and to seek resolution of the concerns of people with disabilities for the benefit of all the people of Tempe. Commission meetings are held the 1st Thursday of the month at the Tempe Public Library. Meetings begin at 6:30pm in the 2nd floor boardroom and are open to the public. www.tempe.gov/ada/disability_commission.htm.
This year's award ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 3:30-5:30pm at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center in Tempe. A keynote address will be delivered by Ted Telepak, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation for Gentiva Rehab Without Walls. Mr. Telepak has journeyed with over 1700 individuals who have become disabled from a traumatic neurological injury. It is his job to help them return to school, work and the lives they lead. He also teaches an introductory course on exceptional learners and disabilities at Mesa Community College.
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Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.